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Tom Taiwo: 'Pressure and expectancy' could cost Rangers promotion this season

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Falkirk midfielder Tom Taiwo has doubts over Rangers' promotion push this season.

Falkirk midfielder Tom Taiwo has told the Daily Record that Rangers could struggle to win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership this season.

Taiwo, 25, scored Falkirk's second goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Rangers, with late goals from Haris Vuckic and Nicky Law handing Rangers a point.

The former Leeds wonderkid, who joined Chelsea at the age of 16 in 2006, hasn't seen his career hit the heights that many expected whilst he was at Elland Road, but is now a key player for Falkirk.

After spells with Carlisle United and Hibernian, Taiwo is looking to prove that he still has the quality that made Chelsea sign him almost ten years ago, and his goal at Ibrox on Saturday almost defeated Rangers but for the late fightback from Stuart McCall's men.

Rangers are looking to land second place in the table and therefore a shorter run through the play-offs, but Taiwo has his doubts.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Taiwo believes that the pressure and expectancy is tough for Rangers to live up to, and even added that Queen of the South could be the team to win the play-offs this season.

"It’s a tough one but maybe Queens could go all the way," said Taiwo. "There’s a lot of pressure on Rangers and Hibs and Queens can play with a freedom. They won at Ibrox and at Easter Road. They make their place a fortress and then they are not afraid to go away and come to places like Ibrox."

"They will be a real force to be reckoned with. It’s hard to deal with the pressure and the expectancy for Rangers and Hibs. You saw on Saturday when we had a good spell and we nearly scored and it brought an anxiety on in the crowd and that can seep down to the players," he added.

Queen of the South sit in fourth place, six points behind Rangers, but recently hammered Stuart McCall's men 3-0 this month.

With much of the focus of Hibs and Rangers, Queen of the South could be a dark horse for promotion through the play-offs - and McCall must be aware of their presence after Taiwo's warning.

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