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Gary McAllister thinks Ibrox crowd is vital to promotion success

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Gary McAllister has been spoken about the positive impact the Rangers fans have had on the team as they continue to improve under Stuart McCall.

The Stuart McCall revolution brought further life back to Ibrox on Sunday when Rangers defeated Heats for the first time this season, and Gary McAllister has told the Daily Record there is no stopping Rangers in their current form.

The Gers suffered from a massive tail off in form during the end of Ally McCoist’s reign leading into the tenure on Kenny McDowall, but the Ibrox crowd has been revitalised by the recent performances on the pitch along with positive changes off it.

McAllister, who is now an analyst for BT Sport, has experienced the poor performances at Ibrox this season and has witnessed first-hand the turnaround in the atmosphere, and thinks that it can be a contributing factor in the play-off push.

The former Scotland international is adamant that the positive reaction from the crowd, who have suffered for most of the campaign, can bring out the best in the Light Blues

Speaking about the change in the crowd at Ibrox, he said: “I was at Ibrox on a couple of occasions earlier this season and the atmosphere just wasn’t right, it was detrimental to the performance of the players.

“Many of the Rangers players don’t have the experience and kudos of playing for such a big club and they weren’t dealing with the whole expectation levels involved.

“A bad pass was greeted with groans of frustration, but now? Three or four passes in a row or the ball being knocked 10 yards to a team-mate is being greeted with a ‘wow.’

“The stands are rocking again and you’ve no idea the positive difference that makes to a player when you’re out on the pitch. Now the Rangers fans are onside with their team again and it looks like a different group of players.”

The positive reaction has been brought about by three straight wins, in conjunction with poor results from Hibernian, that have seen Rangers re-take second place in the Scottish Championship and put themselves in the driving seat going into the last six games.

Hibs face Dumbarton before going up against league champions Hearts in the Edinburgh derby, giving the Gers a realistic chance of putting further daylight between themselves and Alan Stubbs' side before they play their game in hand.

If McCall is to keep the Rangers faithful on side then promotion will be a must, and they will have to extend their three-game unbeaten run against Queen of the South on Thursday night away from their rejuvenated home support.

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