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Play-offs are a huge deal for Rangers' Richard Foster

By Andy Newport

Richard Foster has experienced the glitz of the Champions League and ferocity of Old Firm battles with Rangers - but he claims today's play-off duel with Queen of the South is every bit as big.

The Gers go head-to-head with the Doonhamers in the crucial quarter-final first-leg clash at Palmerston.

The match, which the Light Blues will hope is the first leg towards their Scottish Premiership return, will be played in front of around just 6,500 fans at the quaint Dumfries ground, yet it was only four years ago that the Foster was lining up in a Rangers squad that was facing Manchester United in Europe's premier competition and scrapping with bitter rivals Celtic for league titles.

He insists beating James Fowler's side could be just as significant as any of the drama-filled clashes he has experienced before.

He said: "These next two games are right up there with the biggest games I've ever played in terms of importance.

"It's massive for us. We know the consequences if we don't get through this tie and go on to promotion. So it's right up there with the most important I've played in. That brings with it its own nervousness but also its own excitement.

"I've played in a few big games during my first spell at the club. We had to beat Kilmarnock on the final day of the season to win the title the last time I was at the club, but I was on the bench that game and never played.

"So the biggest I've tasted was probably the goalless Old Firm game a few weeks before where Allan McGregor saved that Georgios Samaras penalty.

"That was the most important game of that season - looking back you can see how massive a save was for us that year going for the title."

Scottish Play-offs: Queen  of the South v Rangers, Palmerston Stadium, 5.30pm

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