Kenny Miller has explained that Rangers are still in control of their promotion destiny because they have known that they will be in the play-offs for months, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.
Hearts have controlled the league for most of the season and left the main battle to be fought over second place in the Scottish Championship, leaving the teams below them knowing they will be competing in the play-offs for quite some time.
Second place is now out of Rangers’ own hands, with a win against Hearts on Saturday afternoon a must, but they are reliant on Hibernian dropping points to finish as runners-up and avoid two extra play-off games.
The additional fixtures would be against Queen of the South, who the Light Blues have struggled against this season, so avoiding them would be a massive boost for Miller and his team-mates heading into the play-off campaign.
The Rangers striker thinks a win on Saturday would be a big lift for their promotion ambitions, and insists that it is still in their hands regardless of whether they finish second or third.
"We will save ourselves a couple of games,” he began.
“Whatever happens, whether we have to go through four games or six games to win promotion, it is in our hands still.
"If it had been nip and tuck between ourselves, Hearts and Hibs for the league and we didn't quite get there in the end and had to go into the play-offs then we might have been on a bit of a downer.
"But we have known for a long time this is the route we were going to have to go down and we are ready for it."
Miller is aware that Rangers haven’t shown the level of consistency that is expected of them this season, with a string of poor results in-between wins making it a very difficult campaign for both players and fans.
Rangers will have to put together a strong run of form to make it through a potential six game play-off push, and that would require them to perform far better than they have at any time in this calendar year.