Speaking to the Evening Times, Darren McGregor has explained the importance of Rangers securing a second placed finish in the Scottish Championship.
The Light Blues are only behind Hibs in third place on goal difference, and they retain a game in hand which could see them leapfrog their promotion rivals. Stuart McCall’s men are in much better form than the now-second placed team, and, aside from the surprise loss to Queen of the South, the Gers are unbeaten in McCall’s reign.
Yet, their poor start to the season ended any chances of truly fighting for automatic promotion to the Premiership, and the club will be relying on the play-offs to clinch a quick return to the top flight.
For the Gers, securing a second placed finish will make their route to the top flight easier than anything lower, with only two games necessary to win promotion. If finishing third or fourth they will have to play an extra fixture, which means an extra chance of slipping up, and it really is a play-off system that favours those who finish in second place.
There is no denying that Rangers would be good opposition for any club they came up against in the play-offs, but Darren McGregor has admitted that securing that vital second placed spot is the Gers main aim for the remainder of the season.
“I think there has been a lot made of getting second and third and fourth place,” the defender said. “But I think that we would want to finish second because it is one less game and it's one more week of preparation for the team that isn't playing.
“So that's our aim, but obviously Hibs and Queen of the South will have a say in that and they'll want to win their games, too.”