Stuart McCall admits Rangers are still reeling after being floored by Motherwell on Thursday night, but insists there is still plenty of fight in the Ibrox camp.
The Light Blues’ promotion hopes were left hanging by a thread after Motherwell claimed a shock 3-1 Scottish Premiership final first-leg win in Glasgow
The Lanarkshire outfit’s first away win over Rangers in 18 years now gives the Fir Park outfit hope that they can preserve their three-decade run in the top flight.
But McCall could not disguise the fact it was a devastating blow to Rangers’ plans as they look to make their return to Scotland’s highest division three season on from their liquidation crisis.
The manager - whose long-term job prospects could hinge on turning the tie around - said: “I feel like I’ve been 12 rounds with a heavyweight boxer. I’ve been punched in the gut and I feel a bit deflated, winded and hurt. We all do.
“But I will be better on Sunday and the lads will be as well.
“I don’t mind them feeling down today - it’s only natural. You can’t expect them to come in with a spring in their step and a smile on their face.
“But we will work on it and make sure mentally they are ready for Sunday.”