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I'm not playing Stubbs' mind games: Gers' boss McCall

By Andy Newport

Published 23/05/2015

Stuart McCall
Stuart McCall

Rangers boss Stuart McCall insists he will not fall for Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs' mind games ahead of today's decisive play-off match (12pm).

The Glasgow giants take a two-goal lead to Easter Road after Wednesday night's home victory but Stubbs has tried to turn the heat up ahead of the semi-final second leg by claiming that "2-0 is probably the most vulnerable scoreline in football".

McCall says he saw right through his opposite number's ploy and made it clear he is happy to be heading into the match in Rangers' position rather than the uphill struggle facing Hibs.

He said: "That is possibly what I would be saying (in Stubbs' position) and it might be right.

"But I'm sure if you ask Alan he would rather be 2-0 up.

"I take his point, you hear pundits saying on the TV that 2-0 is always a dodgy score but for me I'd rather be going in 2-0 up than 2-0 down."

Rangers head east with a vital advantage after Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller fired them in front.

But Stubbs will hope the Light Blues will be hit by indecision in Edinburgh as they hesitate over whether to stick or twist.

However, McCall said: "There will be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and we might be thinking 'what if we sit in?' or 'but what if we concede a goal?'

"In our eyes we're going there to hopefully score a goal which would mean they need to get at least three."

Caykur Rizespor are hoping to pin down Kyle Lafferty on a new contract.

The Turkish club, who have just secured their Super Lig survival, want the Kesh man to remain within their ranks.

The Northern Ireland striker has netted two goals in 13 appearances since making a loan move from Championship side Norwich City in February.

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