McCall explains how Rangers will approach play-off game with Queen of the South

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Stuart McCall is wary that Rangers may be stung by Queen of the South’s counter attacking.

Speaking to the Evening Times, McCall has admitted that Rangers may not attack as much as usual when they face Queen of the South in their play-off game.

The former midfielder said: “We have possibly been guilty of being too attacking down there in the past. They play a counter-attacking game and are very comfortable at doing that on their own pitch. I think we have to be conscious of that.

“When we go back down there we might not approach the game in the same way or play with the same tactics as we did before.”

The artificial pitch at Palmerston Park has proven to be a tough ground for the Gers to travel to this season, losing 2-0 in December, and then falling to a 3-0 loss at the same venue last month.

Yet, it is not the pitch which McCall is blaming, but his own decision to approach the game in an all-out attacking manner when the Light Blues were still looking at potentially claiming a second placed finish in the Championship.

They missed out on that finish, and with the play-off campaign set to start, McCall will be well aware that success in a knock-out competition comes from playing the opposition at their own game, not going all out to win.

Rangers would do well to secure a draw at Palmerston Park, before taking the game to their Championship rivals in the second leg at Ibrox. It would certainly be a more wise tactic, and one that the Gers should fulfil for the entire campaign.

Play-off campaigns are usually won by those teams who defend solidly and take the few chances presented to them.

For Rangers, they will surely need to shore up their back-line if they want any chance off winning a return to the Premiership, and McCall will be hoping that the attacking talents he has inherited are on form in front of goal.

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