Rangers boss Stuart McCall happy with title run-in

Rangers manager Stuart McCall
Rangers manager Stuart McCall

Rangers boss Stuart McCall insists it will not be a major disaster if his side are forced to play two extra games to reclaim their Premiership return.

The Gers currently lead the way in the race for second spot in the Championship, with a one-point advantage over Hibernian and a six-point cushion separating them from Queen of the South.

Finishing immediately behind newly-crowned champions Hearts would spare the Ibrox men the bother of two extra hazardous games in the play-offs, with the teams finishing third and fourth facing off over two legs before taking on the second tier’s runners-up.

The winner of that tie then meets the Premiership’s second-bottom side in a crucial winner-takes-all battle.

But having stumbled to a 3-0 defeat against Queens and a 1-1 draw with basement side Livingston either side of Sunday’s four-goal romp over Raith, there is no guarantee the Light Blues will see off Saturday’s trip to Dumbarton without another slip-up.

McCall, though, is ready to take whatever outcome is thrown his way. He said: “At this moment second place is in our own hands. If you’d given me that a few weeks ago when I first came in, I’d have snapped your hands off for it.

“There were one or two people who thought we wouldn’t even reach the play-offs. We’ve done that first part. Obviously we want to get second but Hibs and Queens want the same.

“You don’t want to have to play the extra games but if you have to, you will. If you have to get through to the top league by playing six games then so be it. Of course it’s important to us to finish second. But if we finish third or fourth that does not mean we won’t get promotion. It’s not the end of the world.”

McCall was happy to see a peaceful resolution reached after the row raised by the Scottish Professional Football League’s messy meddling with the Championship fixture list.

Rangers’ final-day tie with Hearts at Tynecastle was pushed back 24 hours to Sunday, May 3, to accommodate Sky Sports.

But that left Hibs raging as having played their last game at Falkirk on the Saturday, they claimed McCall’s team would be advantaged by the fact they would know the result required in Gorgie to claim second.

Compromise was reached when Sky gave the league permission to switch the Hearts-Rangers tie back to its original May 2 slot.