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Rangers boss Stuart McCall calls on Ibrox men to step up

By Staff Reporter

Stuart McCall has warned his Rangers players that no-one will be guaranteed a start while he tries to find a winning formula at Ibrox.

The former Motherwell manager took charge of the side for the first time since replacing Kenny McDowall with Livingston's visit on Saturday, but despite a bright start, Gers could only limp to a 1-1 draw.

It was the Light Blues' fourth Scottish Championship stalemate on the spin and put another dent in their hopes of catching second-placed Hibernian, who are seven points in front.

Now McCall has promised changes ahead of tonight's Govan clash with Alloa.

"We will change personnel over the next few weeks," said McCall, who welcomes back keeper Cammy Bell but has seen Haris Vuckic and Sebastien Faure ruled out with injuries.

"I need to see what the guys look like so most of the squad will get a game.

"That's not about giving someone a game just for the sake of it. There might be a couple of players who will feel they merit a chance when they've not had one, so how can I judge them if I don't see them? Until we get the right formula and see players deserving a jersey, I will make changes.

"We've got a couple of injuries for tomorrow night so that will be the case already.

"We're evaluating all the time in training and games but we have to do it quickly. We have to get back up to a position where we can win football matches."

One player who is unlikely to be featuring for the Ibrox men this term is on-loan Newcastle winger Shane Ferguson.

The Northern Ireland ace has a serious knee injury and McCall said he was "astounded" to see him called up by his country for next week's friendly with Scotland.

National team boss Michael O'Neill admitted the 23-year-old is likely to be withdrawn within the next 48 hours - and McCall revealed he might never appear in a blue jersey before returning south in the summer.

He said: "From what I've been led to believe, we won't see him at all this season."

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