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Sibling rivalry a nightmare for Rangers' Nicky Law

By Andy Newport

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law admits he cannot afford to feel sympathy for brother Josh as he prepares to relegate his sibling.

The Law family faces a "nightmare scenario" this week as the 27-year-old Gers playmaker goes head to head with Motherwell defender Josh (25) in the Scottish Premiership play-off final.

The brothers will square off at Ibrox on Thursday night before the decisive Fir Park return on Sunday - with Nicky due to then perform best-man duties for Josh at his New York wedding the following Wednesday.

To make matters worse, Nicky - currently sharing a flat with Josh - also spent two years with Well before clinching his Ibrox move and his emotional bonds with the Steelmen will be stretched to breaking point if he succeeds in relegating his former club to the Championship, but with the Light Blues desperate to end their three-year exile from the top flight, he insists he will not allow pangs of regret disturb his team's promotion push.

Speaking after Rangers held off Hibernian at Easter Road with a 2-1 aggregate success in the semi-final, Law said: "I can't be sympathetic to Josh. You can't and he won't be sympathetic to me either and I wouldn't expect him to be.

"He's also playing right back just now and I'm out on the left so it could be me in direct opposition to him.

"You couldn't really make this scenario up and it's going to be strange but you can't be sympathetic. We live together so I might injure him this week or put something in his food - I'll be cooking this week.

"It will be tough for my family but there's nothing you can do. I just need to concentrate on Rangers and Josh on Motherwell.

"I don't think my parents will come. The wedding on June 3 will also be tough because I'm best man... at the minute. One of us is going to be low for the week out in New York and the other will be quietly very pleased."

Stuart McCall's side were beaten by Jason Cummings' 94th-minute winner as they went down 1-0 in Leith on Saturday, but the 2-0 victory secured in Glasgow last Wednesday was enough to see them past Alan Stubbs' team.

Rangers were out on their feet by the final stages having played four games in 14 days, but Law admits it is the mental pressure of being part of the Ibrox side's attempt to end their spell in the lower-league wilderness which has been most taxing.

He said: "I think we are just running on adrenaline at the minute because it has been a really tough long season.

"We have a lot of tired bodies in there of course. But we have got a little bit of a longer break to recover. But we will just run on adrenaline now."

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