Haris Vuckic: Rangers ready for Queen of the South showdown

Haris Vuckic has said Rangers are in a positive mood in the build up to their first play-off game against Queen of the South.

Rangers' on-loan midfielder Haris Vuckic has told the Glasgow Evening Times that the Gers players are in a positive mood ahead of their return to Queen of the South.

The Light Blues failed to finish second in the Scottish Championship after a 2-2 draw against league champions Hearts whilst Hibernian beat Falkirk 3-0, leaving them with two extra games to play en route to a potential play-off final.

Stuart McCall had hoped his side could avoid any extra games, but now have to negotiate the additional fixtures against a team they have largely struggled against this season.

Palmerston Park has proved a difficult place to visit for the Light Blues this season with McCall’s side losing both of their away games this season, conceding five goals and scoring none.

They have also met twice at Ibrox with Rangers winning once and drawing the other, as Queen of the South have proved to be Rangers’ bogey side this season, but Vuckic has said the Gers players are in a positive mood ahead of Saturday’s game.

"We are all positive that we can go back there and get a result and are all looking forward to the game,” he said.

"Palmerston Park is definitely a very hard place to play. They beat us 3-0 the last time that we went down there.

"But we had the ball at our feet far more than they did in that game. They just hurt us on the counter attack. They broke up the park and scored three good goals.”

Vuckic hopes that Rangers can get a positive result from the game and take an advantage back to Ibrox, which could help take them into a battle against Hibernian.

It is very difficult to know which Rangers team will turn up on Saturday, and if they can put in a positive performance for the entire game, with Saturday’s game against Hearts proving that even a 2-0 lead is sometimes not enough to guarantee victory.

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