Stuart McCall vows to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to secure Rangers’ promotion

Rangers Manager Stuart McCall and Rangers coach Kenny Black at Ibrox on Saturday
Rangers Manager Stuart McCall and Rangers coach Kenny Black at Ibrox on Saturday

New boss Stuart McCall has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” to help Rangers win promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season but admits he may face an uphill task.

The Light Blues headed into their clash against bottom side Livingston at Ibrox looking for a much-needed victory, having drawn their previous three games.

But McCall was unable to claim a win from his first game in charge, Haris Vuckic’s early opener cancelled out by Ibra Sekajja on the stroke of half-time as the match finished 1-1.

McCall warned his players he will not tolerate a defeatist attitude as Gers aim to secure their return to the top-flight through the play-offs.

He said: “As much as we wanted to get off to a great start and get the place going, what happened in this game won’t have any effect on what our outcome is, which is trying to get promotion.

“It looks like an uphill task at this moment in time but there will be no defeatist attitudes coming out.

“They’ve just got to give everything they’ve got and stick at it and grind out results at times and make the tide turns.

“There was a lot of frustration at the end of the game and understandably so but there is no magic wand.

“We just have to get on with it and do better than we have done in this game, that’s for sure.”

Asked how it felt to walk out at Ibrox as manager, the former Gers player added: “My focus was totally on the game. It’s when I go home, I’ll probably think more about it.

“It’s a fantastic honour and privilege for me but I just need to get on with my job and try to get the best out of these players. That’s what I’ll endeavour to do.

“I’ve got a job until the end of the season, that’s a great job for me, and I’ll fight tooth and nail to the end to make sure the players give everything they’ve got.”

Sebastien Faure and Vuckic were forced out of the action with knee and calf problems respectively, meaning changes for Tuesday night’s visit of Alloa ahead of next weekend’s crunch clash with Hibernian.

McCall said: “We will freshen things up. We need to get a win as that’s four draws on the bounce, which is not good enough.

“We need to try to gain some momentum for next week’s game against Hibs.”

Livi boss Mark Burchill was also dissatisfied with just a point from the game.

He said: “I’m a manager, I’m greedy. I thought we deserved the three points.

“Rangers started well and caught us on the hop when they scored with their first shot on goal.

“But, from the 15th minute onwards, I thought we dominated the first half. In the second half it was more even.

“It was good to get the point but I thought we could have nicked the three points.”