Rangers captain James Tavernier has admitted his shock at the way the team has repeated last season's mistake following their recent loss in the Scottish Premiership, BBC Sport reported.
Steven Gerrard's side kickstarted the new year two points behind rivals Celtic with a game in hand after they beat the Hoops 2-1 away from home.
However, Rangers have now lost eight points from five league matches following their 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
"I honestly can't answer for the last two Januarys," Tavernier said.
"We've gone from ending the year on a high both times and putting ourselves into good positions and then coming back and I can't put my finger on what's happening."
"We're not getting out of the blocks at the start of the year and it's costing us."
"We've made it harder for ourselves, definitely. We had it in our hands and knew what we had to do. It was as clear as day.
"Go all the way until the end of the season unbeaten and we'd be in a very good position, but now we've made it very hard for ourselves with a shocking display in the second half at Kilmarnock."
"We've been in this situation a few times where we go to ground and the crowd sniffs out opportunities and we simply don't deal with it," he said.
"If you want to be competing for a title, you can't be conceding those type of goals."