Rangers legend Derek Johnstone explains why it's so important Gers finish Scottish Championship campaign on a high

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Mark Warburton's men have already wrapped up the title.

Derek Johnstone believes that it is imperative that Rangers win their final game of the Scottish Championship season if they hope to be in the right frame of mind for their Scottish Cup final next month, the Evening Times reports.

The Light Blues face St Mirren on Saturday. And while they have already secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership, their recent run has put something of a dampener on what has been an excellent season for Mark Warburton's men.

Following their victory over Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, the Gers have gone three games without a win, losing the fixtures against Hibernian and Livingston and drawing at home to bottom side Alloa in between.

And with their clash against St Mirren being their last game before the cup final with Hibs in three weeks time, Johnstone has suggested that it is vital that Rangers secure a positive result to bring down the curtain on their league campaign.

"The issue for Mark is that Rangers still have a huge fixture to come in a couple of weeks and he must find a way of getting his players right mentally and physically for the Scottish Cup final against Hibs at Hampden," he told the Evening Times.

"The manager made no excuses for the performance against Livingston on Tuesday night and he vowed that he will get it right in the build-up to the final on May 21.

"That is why the game in Paisley is so important for Rangers now. Mark, and the supporters, will be expecting a far improved performance from the team."

While some may suggest that building some momentum going into the final will be important, it could be argued that the length of time between their last league fixture and the Hampden Park showdown means that any momentum will have been lost during those weeks and it will simply come down to whether the Gers have rediscovered their best form.

But with a winless run now stretching back three games, three points at the weekend may just be what the players need to banish any negative thoughts regarding their form heading into the final. 

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