Rangers boss Stuart McCall prepared for penalties at Fir Park

Rangers manager Stuart McCall
Rangers manager Stuart McCall

Rangers boss Stuart McCall says he is preparing for all eventualities in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership play-off final decider - even penalties.

Gers’ promotion hopes were left hanging by a thread by Thursday’s 3-1 first-leg defeat at Ibrox.

But McCall has not given up hope that his side can fight their way back into the match and force extra-time.

And should spot kicks be required to separate the teams, he insists his men will be ready.

McCall said: “We will be practising penalties. It might be required so it is certainly something we will be doing.

“We’ve left it up to the guys in the last couple of ties that those who feel the need to take a penalty kick (to practice them) if they are more confident and comfortable.

“But you have got to be prepared. We have got to believe, we have got to have an aim and a desire and a courage to go and say, ‘What is the worst that can happen?’”

Rangers were awful at the back on Thursday as they allowed Lee Erwin’s shot to deflect in off Darren McGregor and then Stephen McManus to run free at a free-kick and head home the second.

Richard Foster then gifted away possession at the start of the second half as Well broke quickly to add a third through Lionel Ainsworth.

Now McCall admits his team will have to defend much better if they are to have any chance to clinching a top-flight return.

“We would like a clean sheet and I would think we will probably have to get one,” he said.

“You look at certain games we have played like Hibs away a couple of months back. We got a clean sheet there so it can be done.

“But we certainly need to defend better than we did the other night. We can’t make the individual errors that we made.

“I heard someone suggesting last night we were marking zonally. We don’t. We mark man-to-man. At the second goal somebody was supposed to be watching big Stephen McManus but he didn’t get close enough.

“We need to be more resolute.”