Rangers manager Stuart McCall challenges players to show promotion potential

Rangers Manager Stuart McCall
Rangers Manager Stuart McCall

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told his players they need to prove their promotion credentials at Easter Road on Sunday.

Rangers are looking to cut a six-point deficit on Hibernian in the top three of the Scottish Championship as the chasing pack behind Hearts fight for play-off places.

But they need to reverse not only recent form but their league record against Hibs.

Alan Stubbs’ men have won seven matches in a row while Rangers have only won one out of their last nine games, while Hibs are 9-1 ahead on goals aggregate in the league games between the sides having won all three so far.

And McCall knows Rangers have to send out a message in Leith to give themselves belief ahead of the play-offs.

“I think that’s a good point and exactly what we will be saying to the players,” he said.

“We know in the three games this season Hibs have had a massive advantage.

“And, if we are going to succeed in our aim, which is to get promotion, then there’s no doubt we will be meeting Hibs in a two-legger at some stage.

“So we have got to go and produce a performance that gets a result.”

McCall toyed with the idea of showing his players where they went wrong against Hibs but decided not to risk damaging their fragile confidence any further.

“I watched both of the games back the other day but there’s nothing I can really relate to,” he said.

“Everyone knows at Easter Road we never turned up and Hibs were very good. The game here they played a different shape and there are little things I can take.

“But I don’t want to be dooming and glooming them, we want to be positive about it. I certainly won’t be showing them anything there.”