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Stuart McCall not worried if Rangers don’t win first-leg against Hibernian

Stuart McCall isn't worried if Rangers don't come away with a win on Wednesday night in their play-off clash with Hibernian.

Rangers boss Stuart McCall has told the club’s official website that he won’t be too worried if his team don’t come away from Ibrox with a win on Wednesday night.

The Gers made their way past Queen of the South in the first instalment of their play-off quest at the weekend, with a 1-1 draw enough to take them through on aggregate, and McCall wouldn’t be disappointed if there was a repeat of that result in midweek against Hibernian.

Speaking ahead of the game, McCall was adamant that going to Easter Road without the advantage of a win wouldn’t worry him or his team.

He said: “If we go to Easter Road without a lead it won’t bother us, we are still good enough to go and get something there and likewise Alan will feel the same about his side.

“I know Hibs will be saying ‘go to Ibrox, keep the crowd quiet and score the first goal and the crowd will turn on them’.

“I have said all along it is a difficult place to play when expectations are high and we are not a Graeme Souness, Walter Smith or Dick Advocaat team, we haven’t got that quality.”

McCall is also hoping that a bumper Ibrox crowd will hold their patience on Wednesday night after the team walked off to audible boos at half-time against Queen’s when they were one goal down.

He thinks that when the fans are singing and behind the team it makes a massive positive difference to the players, who may need the lift considering they’ve only had two days recovery time whilst Hibernian have had over two weeks.

The team’s response in the second-half at the weekend pleased the ex-Rangers midfielder and lifted the fans, with the Gers manager of the opinion that the overall fan reaction showed that there were more real fans in attendance than ones that are so quick to turn on the players.

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