Kenny Miller: Why Rangers have an advantage in the Championship play-offs

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Miller believes that Rangers playing more games will given them an advantage in the play-offs.

Rangers face Queen of the South in their play-off quarter final, and Miller has told the Evening Times how this extra game can given them the advantage in a potential semi-final tie with Hibernian.

The 35-year-old striker said: “You want to finish as high up the league as possible, but I'd much rather be playing games than sitting about or playing friendlies in the next two weeks as the second-placed team will be.”

The Light Blues missed out on a second-placed finish to Hibs, meaning that they face a quarter final, before then potentially facing off with Hibs, and then a Final with the soon to be relegated Premiership side.

Although finishing second means one tie fewer than your promotion rivals, the extended break between the final day of the season and the play-off game can be remarkable damaging.

Any momentum built up in the final weeks of the season will be lost due to the break, and Hibs, who had overtaken Rangers to move second, were on a great run of form which they will now have to rediscover.

Players will lose match sharpness and their competitive edge, and only a few intra-squad friendlies can be played between the two ties, with opposition teams unwilling to extend their season for Hibs’ sake.

Rangers may have to play an extra two fixtures with Queens before reaching a tie with Hibs, but those extra games could just prove the difference in securing a return to the top flight at the earliest opportunity.

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