Richard Foster criticises unfavourable play-off campaign for Rangers

Rangers Gates

The Rangers defender claims that the play-offs are in favour of the Premiership teams.

Speaking to the official Rangers website, 29-year-old full-back Foster has highlighted the main problem with the Championship play-offs, which are firmly in favour of the team currently in the Premiership.

He said: “I think that the way that the Play-Offs are structured is not favourable to the teams that are in our division. It's always going to be difficult having to play six games but we've come through these four already and we've shown that we've got good quality.”

The Light Blues have to face Motherwell in the play-off final, having already progressed through two two-legged ties against Queen of the South and Hibernian. The final is another two-legged fixture, meaning that Rangers will have played six play-off games in relation to the two that Motherwell play.

This certainly sets the tie in Motherwell’s favour, as they will be far fitter and better prepared for the game, whilst Stuart McCall’s side were already showing exhaustion in their second-leg tie with Hibs.

It is a system that favours the big team, and any club who progresses from the Championship to the Premiership through the play-offs should be highly lauded, especially if, as Rangers have had to, they have played the highest number of games possible.

Foster may not agree with the system, along with many of the other Rangers players, but should they secure promotion to the top flight, they should take delight in beating a set of games designed for them to lose.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch