STUART McCall is focussed on returning Rangers to the top tier of Scottish Football and will not allow any negative thoughts about the “what ifs” to creep in.

With five games to negotiate before the Premiership is in sight the boss is well aware how tricky the task is but his mind rests with the tie against Queen of the South this Sunday.

Carrying a one goal advantage from the first game could prove pivotal in returning Rangers to what the 50-year-old sees as their rightful place. 

McCall said: “While we still have an opportunity of being in that top level that is what we’re aiming for and we won’t even think negatively at the moment – it is about achieving our aim which was to get promoted. 

“It is the type of game that we want more of and if we progress through this one we want more of these big games. 

“Rangers should be in the Premiership because of the size and stature of the club and with the history it has got. 

“It has been one of the top clubs in Europe over the years and hopefully it will be in years to come.

“What will make it even more special on Sunday is that we’re heading for a sell out and the atmosphere against Hearts was incredible, as a manager probably the best I have experienced and I am sure Sunday will be no different. 

“The crowd can work for and against you depending on how the game is going but after speaking to the players after the Hearts game it was obvious it lifted everybody. 

“I can only speak from a personal level and going out there with the fans right behind you is fantastic.”

McCall has been at the helm since March and has lost just one game since his arrival, which came against this weekend’s opponents Queens. 

He says this is probably the most important game of his managerial career to date and could be the same for many of his squad. 

He said: “When we first came in everything was doom and gloom, there was a lack of confidence, a lack of morale and a lack of belief. 

“There is certainly none of that now in the players and any one of those 18 or 20 players could be the hero by getting the winning goal or saving the penalty kick to take us up.

“But our first and foremost priority is getting through Sunday and then we can look ahead to a two-legged game against Hibs.”

In team news McCall has welcomed Bilel Mohsni back to training this week and captain Lee McCulloch is 50/50 to recovery from the injury that kept him out of the first-leg. 


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