"It's difficult to say," replied the former Hoops skipper. "I would rather be in front in the league and four points is four points.
"It is too early to say what position in comparison we are to Rangers, all I know is that we have got important league games coming up before the international break and we would like to win them all."
But when asked directly if he would swap positions with Rangers, he said: "No - because we are in Europe and all the (domestic) competitions, and that's where you want to be at the minute.
"The game changes very, very quickly.
"While you are always disappointed to lose a derby game, you have to keep on a level.
"There is no doubt that the lows are lower than the highs are high and we had a job to do on Wednesday (at Ross County) but we came through it okay.
"But we are still chasing in the league and the league is the priority and Saturday is a very important game."