Kenny Black suggests Rangers may suffer from fitness issues in play-offs

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Kenny Black believes a lack of recuperation could cost Rangers in the play-offs.

Speaking to the official Rangers website, Black admitted that Hibernian’s extended break could give them a boost in the play-offs against the Light Blues.

Black said: “Finishing second does give you the advantage with regards to game time and Hibs have had four or five days in Spain, so those who had been carrying knocks towards the end of a long season have a chance to recuperate.

“You can be mentally and physically tired if you are chasing the game or if you find yourself not having a particularly good game and are maybe a goal or two behind, then it can be tough.”

It is Rangers who will struggle due to the mental and physical tiredness, having already played two play-off games against Queen of the South.

As Hibs finished second in the Scottish Championship table, they enter the play-offs at the semi final stage, meaning they have enjoyed an 18 day break prior to the first leg against the Gers at Ibrox on Wednesday.

The Hibs players will be more fresh heading into the tie, and they should be able to play at full capacity for a longer duration than the Rangers players.

It will certainly not be an easy task for Stuart McCall’s men, due to these fitness issues, but his players have one advantage that Hibs do not - momentum.

Due to that extended break that Hibs have been in, they have lost all the good form enjoyed at the end of the campaign, meaning they will travel to Ibrox on something of a clean slate.

That is not to say that they will become dreadful as soon as they take to the field, but Rangers have secured an impressive aggregate victory over Queens in the last week, and they will enter the game in high spirits - and that could be enough to see them over the line in the search for the Premiership.

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