Speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Queen of the South, Haris Vuckic told the Glasgow Evening Times he is well aware of the pressure the team is under to make a Scottish Premiership return.
The 1-1 draw was enough to put Rangers through 3-2 on aggregate and now the pressure steps up a gear as they approach their first semi-final match against Hibernian on Wednesday night.
Vuckic has been a star turn for the Gers since joining on loan from Newcastle and was involved in the play-offs with Rotherham last season, which saw them promoted to the Championship from League One.
Despite his previous play-off experience the 22-year-old thinks the pressure is different at Ibrox as the Light Blues look to return to where Vuckic thinks they belong.
“But it's a bit more pressure here, you know?” he said.
“Rangers want to be where they belong. We're working hard to do that. Now we've got two games against Hibs and we'll see where we're standing.”
The Slovenian midfielder isn’t sure if Hibs’ lack of games since the end of the season will stand them in good stead or be a hindrance, but he does think the 2-0 win at Easter Road earlier in the season can give them a massive confidence boost going into the game.
Having lost to Alan Stubbs’ side in the two games before the win he thinks knowing that they are capable of beating the Edinburgh side will give them an edge at Ibrox.
"It's always good to know we can beat them," he said. "They beat us in the two games before that, but we went away and we showed them what we can do to them. 2-0 was a great win and I'm confident we can do it again."
A loss over the two legs would mean Vuckic’s Rangers career would come to an end on a low note before returning to his parent club Newcastle who are also in danger of being outside their country's top-flight going into the final round of Premier League games.