Ex-Rangers midfielder Kevin Thompson has told the Glasgow Evening Times that a lack of experience within the Rangers squad could prove costly in the play-off final.
The tie against Motherwell takes place over two legs and Thompson is certain that experience will play a major part in the games, but he thinks there are only a couple of Light Blues players who are used to performing under that pressure.
Motherwell added Scott McDonald and Stephen Pearson to their ranks and they both bring with them a wealth of experience, and Thompson suggests that the squad as a whole will be better prepared for the massive encounter which starts on Thursday night.
Rangers do have Lee McCulloch, Lee Wallace, Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller to call upon in the experience stakes, all of whom are in a squad that achieved successive promotions and who might be slightly surprised by Thompson’s comments in the build-up to the game.
"The current Rangers squad, apart from maybe Lee McCulloch and Lee Wallace - I don't want to disrespect anyone - but the bulk of the squad have maybe never played in cup finals or won titles or whatever,” he began.
"This is a massive game for them and a massive game for the club's future. It's a massive game for Motherwell as well because the side-effects of getting relegated is tough.
"I would have thought Rangers would have been a certainty a few months ago. But since Scott McDonald has come in, they've signed Stephen Pearson and they've got a bit of experience about them. It's going to be nip and tuck."
Despite a certain lack of experience the Gers have thrived in the play-offs so far putting in strong performances against Queen of the South and Hibernian on their way to the two-legged final.
Experience will be a factor in the tie, but fatigue is likely to be more of an issue for Stuart McCall’s side with the extra games starting to catch up with them as Motherwell have the luxury of only playing two extra games to Rangers’ six.