Scott Arfield reckons Rangers won’t just welcome the chase at the top of the Premiership table – the Ibrox squad will still play as though they are the ones doing the chasing.
The Light Blues are flying right now at home and in Europe on the back of wins against Celtic and Standard Liege.
Steven Gerrard is doing his best to keep feet on the floor in Govan though and Arfield insisted the message has been received loud and clear.
The in-form midfielder knows there are no trophies handed out in October and it’s important to keep the foot down for the entire campaign.
But he insisted there’s no mental shift on Glasgow’s South Side as they still have the same hunger as they would have if they were the chaser.
Rangers have enjoyed a vintage week but this is no time for back-slapping just yet with Livingston at Ibrox tomorrow.
Arfield said: “We can’t get too high, and certainly can’t get too low when things don’t go for us. We are in a good place, mentally and physically, and playing good, fluid football.
“The bigger picture is to be successful come the end of the season.
“The mentality is always the same, whether you are in front or chasing. Nothing changes for us.
“If you watch the football we’ve played, all the way through pre-season, we've taken it in to league and cup competitions, I don’t really think we’re going to come unstuck at the minute.
“We’re playing fantastic football and everyone is full of confidence. The mentality is always the same at this club.”
Rangers have clear heads right now but it’s the bodies available to Gerrard that gives Arfield confidence in the months to come.
He reckons the superb start to the season is down to the fierce competition for places at the club, with top class replacements lined up if anyone drops their standards.
This is just the start and Arfield said: “It was a good result, but it was only the first night in a big competition for us.
“We’ve started strongly, away from home with two goals and a clean sheet. You can’t do much better than that, but you need to back it up next week against Poznan and then against Benfica.
“We’ve started well but we’re always striving for more.
“The strength in depth is fantastic for us at the minute. As players you want options to come off the bench when games are not quite going for you. You want players who are hungry.
“We have that all over the pitch now because of the strength in depth. Long may it continue.”
The same goes for Arfield. He started the season as one of the squad men but has emerged as one of the first names on Gerrard’s teamsheet.
The Canada cap – who is considering calling time on his international career – is looking to make it 10 games on the spin tomorrow but he doesn’t take his place for granted.
Arfield said: “The team setup is brilliant. When you play for a club like this it’s a privilege when you start. That’s nine starts in a row for me and it’s important to keep playing. You have players in behind you who want your shirt.
“Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack started really well but then I got the opportunity after injuries.
“When you come in you want to make the most of the opportunity and keep going for the cause, which is to be as successful as possible at the end of the season.”
Arfield knows Rangers have been big game hunters in the last couple of seasons – but tripped up in some of the more low key fixtures.
There’s no point being pitch perfect at Parkhead or slick against Standard if they get lazy when it comes to Livi.
Arfield said: “It’s hugely important. The Ross County game was probably the first time this season the result didn’t replicate the performance, when we weren’t as fluid.
“We should have won the Livingston and Hibs games but we’ve been strong this season.
“You have to take in to account the European game before Ross County, the Galatasaray game took a lot out of us mentally and physically but we got up and got the two goals and a clean sheet.
“It will be the same on Sunday. We have the best masseuses, the best sport scientists, the best kitchen staff to get the right nutrition in to your body.
“There’s no excuses.”
Arfield’s main ambitions for the season lie down the line but he does think there’s at least one trophy in the bag already this year.
The playmaker reckons the goal of the season might as well be polished up now as no-one is going to top Kemar Roofe’s outrageous strike in Belgium the other night.
Arfield still can’t quite fathom the incredible hit from his own half and he reckons it could be the kick-start for the frontman’s Ibrox career after an injury interrupted first few months.
The former Burnley man said: “Was it the best goal I’ve seen? Definitely. I could not believe what he did. I actually thought he’d try to hit the corner flag and was thinking, ‘why is he doing that?’
“Twenty seconds later I realised exactly why he did it. It’s the best goal I’ve seen while being on the pitch and the best one I’ve seen with my own eyes.
“Fair play to him. He’s waited a long time to get the plaudits that will come his way. I’m sure he’ll win every goal of the season competition.”