Rangers boss Stuart McCall hints at an interesting strategy in playoffs

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Rangers have finished third in the Scottish Championship.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told Herald Scotland that his players are ready for the Scottish Championship playoffs.

The Gers have finished third in the league following a 2-2 draw with Heart of Midlothian away from home at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh earlier today.

This means that Rangers will face Queen of the South over two legs before taking on Hibernian - again over two legs.

If the Gers get the better of both the teams, then they will face the 11th-placed side in the Scottish Premiership for a spot in the top flight.

It will not be easy for Rangers to negotiate their way, but McCall is confident of doing just that, while hinting that his team will not necessarily look to win all their games.

"We go now next Saturday, we put in a good, strong away performance today and we'll need to do the same next week,” the Scot told Herald Scotland. “We don't need to win them all but we certainly have what it takes.

“It's two tough games against Queen of the South, there is no doubt about that. If we get through it's two tough games against Hibs, and we'll take it from there.”

Since the playoff ties will be played over two legs, Rangers will be able to progress on away goals’ rule.

That is not necessarily the best way to approach such key games and McCall may not eventually opt for that strategy, but it does give the Scot and his players some ‘leeway’.

For the Gers to go past the playoffs, they will need to be very strong at home. That will be key to their chances of getting promotion to the Premiership.

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