Stuart McCall: Too many Rangers players didn’t perform

Stuart McCall thinks the performance in the defeat to Motherwell was the worst he has seen from some of his players play since joining the club.

Stuart McCall has told BBC Sport that too many of players didn’t show up for the play-off final first-leg against Motherwell.

Ian Baraclough sent his side out with the clear objective of exploiting the wide areas and after a period of Rangers possession, Lee Erwin took the ball past Marius Zaliukas before firing in via a deflection off Darren McGregor.

The Gers were then caught out in the same wide area 10 minutes before the break, conceding a free-kick which was headed in by Stephen McManus, before the ever dangerous Lionel Ainsworth added a third just after the break.

McGregor – who misses the second-leg through suspension – sparked a late comeback, scoring with his head, but the Light Blues couldn’t add to that effort, with Kris Boyd denied by an excellent save from George Long.

McCall regards the performance as one of they worst he’s seen from his players since joining Rangers and was disappointed with how wasteful they were in possession and their inability to create chances.

“In possession of the ball that's as poor as we've been since I've been at the club," said McCall.

"We're better than that. We didn't create enough until late on in the game.

"There were just too many players who didn't perform as they have been doing of late. As poor as we were tonight hopefully we can be as good as Motherwell - that was probably as well as they've played for a long time, certainly away from home."

The Rangers manager is now looking to get the all-important first goal in the second-leg and is hoping to draw inspiration from Hibernian and Hamilton last season.

McCall also revealed there could be changes on Sunday, with some of his players carrying injuries, but didn’t name names with only two days before the game at Fir Park.

Sunday’s game will be the biggest test McCall has faced since becoming Ibrox boss back in March, and he has to figure out a plan to nullify the Steelmen’s threat from wide areas or Rangers will spend another season in the Scottish Championship.

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