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Rangers v Motherwell: Scottish Premiership play-off final first leg

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Rangers take on Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium tonight looking to take the first step to reclaiming a place in Scottish football’s top tier.

Rangers boss Stuart McCall faces his old club Motherwell following wins over Queen of the South and Hibernian in the Scottish Championship play-offs, while the Steelmen finished second from bottom in the Scottish Premier.

McCall was appointed Rangers boss in March after resigning at Fir Park having only won two games in their opening 12 earlier in the season. Now he faces the prospect of relegating the club he managed for three years.

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He told Sky Sports: “Football can be ruthless, but this is just the way it has turned out. I’m quite a loyal person and I had almost four brilliant years at Motherwell.

“I’m fully focussed on doing the job I came here to do.”

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INJURY NEWS

Defender Sebastian Faure and midfielder Gael Bigirimana remain sidelined for the Gers.

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough on the other hand has a fully fit squad to select from, with Keith Lasley and Scott McDonald likely to return after missing out on Sunday.

Baraclough said: “We know it will be a fervid crowd. We are going to have to silence them as much as we can.”

RANGERS COME BACK

Rangers were consigned to the Scottish Division Three in 2012 after SFL clubs voted in favour of a strict punishment following the clubs liquidation.

Their return through the divisions from the basement league has been much more difficult this season. Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall were both removed from the managerial hot seat during the season, finishing 24 points behind champions Hearts in third.

McCall, though, has the chance to put that behind them with victory over the two legs.

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