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By Andy Newport

Published 30/05/2015

Chance: Stuart McCall believes Rangers can win away
Chance: Stuart McCall believes Rangers can win away

Stuart McCall admits Rangers are still reeling after being floored by Motherwell, 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 on Thursday night.

The Lanarkshire side's first away win over Rangers in 18 years now gives the Fir Park outfit belief 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 seasons on from their liquidation crisis.

The manager - whose long-term job prospects could hinge on turning things around in tomorrow's second leg - 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 - 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."

Rangers dominated the first 25 minutes but were stung when Darren McGregor deflected a Lee Erwin strike past Cammy Bell.

Stephen McManus and Lionel Ainsworth then twisted the screw before McGregor's late header allowed the faintest chink of hope to come into view for Rangers.

A group of half-a-dozen fans gathered outside the club's Murray Park training ground to urge their players on while unveiling a placard that read: "Nothing is impossible. Have faith in yourselves - Believe."

And former Motherwell boss McCall has given a similar message to his troops.

"Nobody could have envisioned that (Motherwell's) performance because that is by far and away their best away performance of the season," he said.

"But it was our worst home performance since I've been here. The boys got a little bit nervy and edgy if I'm honest.

"However, I've got a belief that we will be better and hopefully Motherwell won't be as good.

"Two goals is certainly not insurmountable but that's easy to say. We've got to do it and we've got to believe we can do it."

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