Speaking to the Rangers official website, Stuart McCall has said belief has returned to the Light Blues’ ranks for their play-off campaign.
A 2-1 win against Queen of the South has put Rangers in control of that two-legged contest, and McCall thinks that the victory has helped to instil some confidence in his team as they push for promotion back to the top tier.
Consistency has been a major buzzword around Ibrox going into the six potential games, with the Gers required to find a level of consistency they have struggled to produce since McCall took over.
It is that inability to string positive displays together that could see Rangers slip up at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon, but McCall is confident that the renewed belief in the squad will deliver better performances.
He said: “Consistency is a big thing in football and that is what you have to strive for throughout a long season and now we have to strive for it over the next five games.
“It is all about believing in each other and believing in yourself and if you are feeling confident then you will go out and play better.
“But if you look around the dressing room they have a belief in each other now and supporters, players and staff have to be in it together.”
McCall thinks the belief was there for all to see when the Gers pulled ahead for a second time, eventually going on to win the game after being pegged back to 1-1.
The 3-5-2 formation saw the Light Blues put in a much improved defensive performance – despite looking nervous at times – and this could have contributed to the overall confidence within the team.
There was also a significant reduction in the number of individual errors, which prevented the team from being punished when they didn’t deserve to be – although there was some questionable defending for the Queen of the South equaliser.
Attention will now turn to Sunday’s return date, with McCall aware that another good performance is needed to progress to the next round against Hibernian.