Stuart McCall has told Rangers’ official website that finishing third would not be a disaster, but his team are aiming to finish second and avoid two extra play-off games.
Rangers face Falkirk on Saturday and anything other than a win could see them overtaken by Hibernian after they failed to take full advantage of their game in hand, only taking a single point away from their game against Livingston.
The Gers manager spoke last week about the importance of finishing second, but has now given the impression that he isn’t too concerned about where his team finish, as long as it is in the play-offs.
He has, however, confirmed that he is looking for two wins from the last two games of the regular season in order to avoid an additional tricky tie against Queen of the South, or potentially Falkirk.
Speaking to the club website, McCall was adamant that he expects two wins to take Rangers into the play-offs in second-place, avoiding some difficult games in the process.
“We have two games coming up that we are aiming to win and it's likely that we are going to have to win them both and then we go into even bigger games,” he explained.
“I think that I was maybe misquoted the other day when I said that if we finish third or fourth then so be obviously we are trying to finish second, we are doing everything we can to finish second.
“But if we didn't finish there I wouldn't want everyone thinking it was a disaster and that we're ruled out because there is still an opportunity.”
Rangers are currently displaying a lack of consistency in their performances as they lose 3-0 to Queen of the South one week, then win their next game against Raith Rovers 4-0, only to draw against Livingston in the following game.
To finish second and win the play-offs, the Light Blues will most likely need to win their next two and then not lose in their next four games – although results over two-legs can fluctuate. This requires them to put together their best run under McCall and produce the consistent performances they have been lacking for quite some time.