Stuart McCall believes Rangers have firepower to down Hibernian

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Stuart McCall thinks Rangers have enough firepower to down Hibernian at Ibrox.

Stuart McCall is certain his team possess the firepower to down Hibernian and send his team through to the play-off final, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.

Before McCall arrived at Ibrox in February the strikers he inherited were all on very poor runs of form, so much so that Kenny Miller and Nicky Clark, who now lead the line, hadn’t scored in 2015, or for the closing months of 2014.

Both have now scored vital goals, with other players such as Lee Wallace and Stevie Smith weighing in with important efforts of their own, helping to bring confidence back to the team.

McCall has also hailed the creativity of his side ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Hibernian and says he is now excited when picking his team.

He is aware of all the plaudits Alan Stubbs’s team have received for their commitment to passing football, but he thinks his side are now just as exciting to watch and, speaking in the build-up to the game, explained why his team will look to get the Ibrox crowd on their feet.

"I know people have talked about how Hibs are a good football side, but I'm excited by the players I've got in my side," he said.

"I can set the team up now and I'm excited. Richard Foster created a goal at Hearts, a cut-back for Kenny Miller, crossed for Dean Shiels at Queens and then, on Sunday, set up Kenny only for the keeper to make a great save.

"Lee Wallace also scored, so we have attacking full-backs. We have creativity in the middle of the park and strikers with good movement. As a manager, I know we need to be strong when we defend.”

The main issue will be at the back for the Light Blues, where they have a tendency to drop off and concede goals after long spells of possession and pressure.

The 2-0 win at Easter Road in March can be used by McCall’s side as a massive positive because, as Haris Vuckic pointed out in the Evening Times earlier in the week, they know that they are capable of beating Hibernian after losing to them three times in a row.

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