Hearts win encapsulates McCall’s impact at Rangers

Rangers' 2-1 win against Hearts showcased the qualities Stuart McCall has brought to the team.

The impact Stuart McCall has had at Rangers gets more impressive with every game that goes by, with the team passing their latest test against Hearts in trying circumstances.

As in the second fixture between these sides this season, Rangers found themselves a man down. Although they already had a 2-0 lead going into the break, they still had to play the second half with 10 men against the title winners.

There is no doubt that under previous managers, Kenny McDowall and Ally McCoist, Rangers would have lost the game in the second half without so much as a whimper.

McCall’s greatest achievement in his short time in charge is that he has brought a confidence and resilience to the team, as well as passion and a desire to win. All of these qualities were on display at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon and contributed to the crucial win in the Scottish Championship.

McCall’s tactical tinkering has seen improved performances throughout the team, especially from Kenny Miller, Nicky Clark and Lee Wallace, two of whom played a major role in the win.

Wallace continued his fine performance with a good low driven ball for Miller to sweep in for the opener before the impressive Haris Vuckic added the second, furthering McCall’s desire to have him at the club next season if he is still there.

The momentum built during these three straight wins will be crucial in carrying Rangers to the end of the season. Sunday’s win has moved them into second place and three points away from Hibernian with a game in hand, and firmly in the driving seat going into the final seven games of the season.

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