SHEYI Ojo admitted last night that his loan move to Rangers has been perfect – for teaching him how to block out the fans’ frustrations and not hide from the ball when something goes wrong in a game.

After a promising start, the on-loan Liverpool man hasn’t really managed to kick on – even though he has made 25 appearances this season, scoring five goals – including a priceless winner in the previous meeting against Feyenoord.

While the 22-year-old would dearly love to start justifying Steven Gerrard’s faith with a more regular stream of goals and assists, he feels that his time at Ibrox will be the making of him when it comes to developing the mentality required to play in a creative role at a big club.

“I think it’s gone well for me so far up in Glasgow but I’m always striving for more,” said Ojo. “I want to score more goals and provide more assists. I’m hungry and I feel the players and staff here can see that.

“[When the fans get frustrated] I just try to block everything out,” he added. “It’s very difficult to go through a game and not make a mistake, especially as an attacking player. You’re in the team to make things happen and there will be times when you lose the ball or have a shot blocked.

“I think I’ve developed already in my time at this club. Mentally more than anything.

Having a strong mentality is massive in football. There are players out there who are really good technically but are not so good mentally and it doesn’t work out for them. But if you have the right mentality then anything is possible.

“I’m hungry and it doesn’t matter if we’re playing against 5,000 fans or 55,000 I want to get on the ball and make things happen. I feel the manager and fans can feel that.

There were mixed emotions for Ojo in Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium in a match where Rangers could almost taste qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League with 20 minutes remaining. A Feyenoord equaliser and a quick-fire double from Porto against Young Boys changed all that, though, meaning Rangers top the group but still need a point against the Swiss outfit at Ibrox on the last day. It is an assignment they look well capable of taking care of, but first there is the small matter of domestic dust-ups against Hearts, Aberdeen and the BetFred Cup final against Celtic.

“It would have been amazing to go through on Thursday night but credit to Feyenoord, they are a good team,” said Ojo. We showed them too much respect in the first half and they were able to get the lead.

“But we bounced back and showed some great character as a team and individuals," he added. "When we do that we can beat anyone. It’s such a tough group. Anyone can beat anyone. But we’re top now and we have to be happy with where we are.

"The beauty of the situation now is that we dictate our own future. Going back to Ibrox against Young Boys is a massive game for the club. We want to get through, the fans will be right behind us and hopefully we can get the job done.

“Playing at home is obviously a massive advantage. We’ve already seen that with the games against Porto and Feyenoord at Ibrox. The main thing is that if we can play like how we know we can play as Rangers Football Club, then we can beat anyone.”

While Jermain Defoe could return from a minor groin strain today against Hearts, Thursday night in Rotterdam was another personal triumph for Alfredo Morelos, who moved onto 25 goals for the season with a brace of fine headers. He is the first man ever to score in four successive continental matches for the club, and has 13 goals in continental play already, more than Henrik Larsson’s previous Scottish record from Celtic’s Seville season of 2003.

"Alfredo is just a scoring machine,” said Ojo. “Everybody is saying a lot about him and you understand why. He scores so many goals and is proving his quality season after season. He's in really good form and we are all happy with what he's doing for himself and the team.

"At this present moment, he is definitely one of the best strikers I have ever played with,” admitted Ojo. He scores in almost every game he plays but it's not just about his goals. He is a team player as well. He brings so much to our play and that's important. You can see the hunger in him to go and score goals. He's been fantastic.

“We’ve got another big game on Sunday so we need to recover well for a massive test against Hearts,” he added. “There are so many big games coming up that we need to win and we will quickly switch our focus to making sure we get the three points.”