Stuart McCall reacts to Rangers’ playoff progress, ‘confident’ against Hibernian

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Rangers will face Hibernian next in the Scottish Premiership playoffs after getting the better of Queen of the South.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told BBC Sport that he is “proud” of his players’ performance against Queen of the South today.

The Gers played out a 1-1 draw with Queens in the Scottish Premiership playoffs to retain their chances of promotion to the top flight.

Having won the first leg of the quarter-final tie 2-1 away from home at Palmerston Park in Dumfries last weekend, Rangers needed just a draw to go through today.

The Scottish giants achieved just that, playing out a 1-1 draw with their visitors at Ibrox to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Derek Lyle put Queens in the lead in the 35th minute with a header, but on the hour mark Lee Wallace restored party for the Gers.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Rangers had 54% of the possession, took 11 shots of which six were on target and earned five corners.

Following the match, manager McCall expressed his delight at his side’s progress to the semi-finals.

“I was pleased with a lot of the first-half play,” the Scot told BBC Sport. “We found a way to get through and I'm proud of the lads for that.”

Rangers will now face Hibernian in the semi-finals of the playoffs. Looking ahead to the tie, McCall said: “I am confident that we'll be ready on Wednesday.

“It can work in two ways - Hibs have had 18 days off and we've had two tough games. I am just focusing on getting through the next round.”

The winners of the tie between Hibernian and Rangers will face the 11th-placed side in the Premiership for a place in the Scottish top flight next season.

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