Tuesday 25 September 2018

McCall not fazed by Stubbs' mind games

Rangers boss Stuart McCall insists he will not fall for Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs' mind games ahead of today's decisive play-off match.

The Glasgow giants take a two-goal lead to Easter Road after Wednesday night's home victory but Stubbs has tried to turn the heat up ahead of this weekend's semi-final second leg by claiming that "2-0 is probably the most vulnerable scoreline in football".

McCall says he saw right through his opposite number's ploy and made it clear he is happy to be heading into the match in Rangers' position rather than the uphill struggle facing Hibs.

He said: "That is possibly what I would be saying (in Stubbs' position) and it might be right. But I'm sure if you ask Alan he would rather be up 2-0. I take his point, you hear pundits saying on the TV that 2-0 is always a dodgy score but for me I'd rather be going in 2-0 up than 2-0 down."

Rangers head east with a vital advantage after Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller put them in front.

But Stubbs will hope the Light Blues will be hit by indecision in Edinburgh as they hesitate over whether to stick or twist.However, McCall said: "There will be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and we might be thinking 'what if we sit in?' or 'but what if we concede a goal?'. Likewise Alan and Hibs might think if they come out all guns blazing they might get caught on the counter.

"My philosophy will be that we have to defend well but we need to carry an attacking threat and we can't sit in and give up ground or territory," he added.

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