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Gers are ready to do it the hard way: Stuart McCall


Rangers manager Stuart McCall

Rangers manager Stuart McCall

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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 today'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."

Belfast Telegraph

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