It was the former midfielder’s first loss in six games since being appointed at Ibrox, and his previous good form had moved the club up into second place and all-but guaranteed a place in the play-offs.
Promotion to the Premiership is still far off, but the possibility is on, and the strong run of form had given hope that the Light Blues would be heading into the post-season run-in as one of the favourites.
Their impressive string of results was showing an increase in cohesion throughout the playing squad, and a belief that the Scottish giants would secure a return to the top flight.
The 3-0 loss to Queen of the South means that all this good team spirit that was building has been stalled, and the sense that promotion was going to happen has been ended.
Admittedly, it was just one loss, and McCall’s record is still exceptional since his arrival at Ibrox, but the club will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend, when they face Raith Rovers.
Having built up a head of steam in the last few weeks, the Gers had the momentum heading into the final weeks of the season and the start of the post-season, and McCall has admitted that the defeat is a set-back, and they must guarantee that they do not suffer another one to ensure their momentum remains in place.
“We know what this is about,” the current boss told the Evening Times. “We are talking about going into the play-offs with momentum. Tonight, is a setback. We have got to make sure that on Sunday we don't have another setback or then it will become a problem.”