RHYS McCABE insists Sunday’s trip to St Johnstone is anything but meaningless to him after his emergence as a first-team player in recent weeks.

The Rangers midfielder’s rise to prominence has been one of the positives for the club in what has undoubtedly been a negative campaign overall.

McCabe has impressed ever since he made his competitive debut against Hearts on March 2 and has made seven SPL starts including two against Celtic.

He also won his first ever Scotland call-up recently and earned his first under-21 cap in the friendly with Italy two weeks ago in Edinburgh.

Gers will go to Perth knowing they have sealed second place in the SPL already, while Saints look likely to finish sixth.

Even though there is little to play for, McCabe is adamant it’s another big game for him as he looks to finish with a flourish and give himself a platform to build on next term.

He said: “As I’ve said before, my main objective this season has been to get into the manager’s plans.

“Now that I’m in there and I’ve been playing in the last few games, I’m hoping that can continue into next year.

“No matter the result, every game I’ve been involved in has been a learning curve and I’ve taken something from each of them.

“I’ve had experienced players around me giving me advice which has been great and they’ve really helped me.

“This weekend’s match might be a nothing game to some of them because they’ve played in 100 games for the club and more already.

“But for me as a young lad, it’s an big fixture and I think it’s good for me to feel the emotions of winning and losing and playing at different grounds.”

McCabe believes winning at McDiarmid Park is important for the sake of sending fans into the summer with a spring in their step following a difficult last few months.

He added: “Rangers are a big club and we owe the supporters a result for the backing they have given us.

“We’d like to bow out on a high for them and get a positive result because the fans have been excellent.

“They’ve really dug in and got behind us to raise money and keep our heads up, as have some people who don’t even have any connection to the club at all.

“That just shows how important Rangers are to so many people and it’s up to us to thank them for that in the best way we can.”


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