Stuart McCall: Rangers scoring the first goal will be crucial

McCall has not written off Rangers defeating Motherwell in the play-offs.

The Gers fell to a 3-1 defeat to Motherwell on Thursday evening, leaving them in a weak position to win promotion, but Stuart McCall has told the Daily Record that he has still has hope for a miracle turnaround.

McCall said: “Darren [McGregor]’s late goal gives us a lifeline. We’ll look at Hibs against Hamilton last season where Accies were 2-0 down going into the second leg. The first goal on Sunday will be crucial.”

McGregor netted a goal inside the final 10 minutes to give Rangers a life-line, but realistically the tie was over inside the first 50 minutes.

As soon as Lionel Ainsworth’s strike hit the back of the net in the 47th minute, it looked as if the Light Blues would be forced to spend another campaign in the second tier.

However, this weekend sees the second leg of the game, and McCall’s men certainly have it in them to put on a comeback.

McGregor’s goal could prove vital, and it will give them a slight motivational boost heading into the second leg. They will know that the tie is still not over, and if they can come out of the blocks in incendiary style, a strong first half will see them back in the game.

McCall has highlighted the need to score the first goal in the second leg, and it should be considered that letting Motherwell net first will rule out any chances of a comeback.

However, if Rangers can score that valuable first goal, McCall may just be able to oversee a memorable night in the history of Rangers Football Club - as they secure a place in the Scottish Premiership.

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