Stuart McCall: Rangers need more leaders for run-in

Stuart McCall addresses the media
Stuart McCall believes Rangers require more leaders

Rangers manager Stuart McCall says his side needs more leaders as the Championship season reaches its climax.

Rangers, third in the Championship, travel to second-place Hibernian on Sunday searching for their first victory under the new boss.

"We need more leaders - it shouldn't just be the captain," said McCall.

"We need all to be captains, we need to take responsibility. But when your confidence is fragile, it's harder to look after your teammates."

Earlier on Friday, defender Lee Wallace acknowledged the squad's confidence had reached a low point as Rangers endured a poor run of form that included a 4-0 drubbing by their Easter Road rivals in late December.

"The game will tell us a lot - looking back at the 4-0 defeat there was nothing but negatives," added McCall. "It was a hugely disappointing day for everyone connected with the football club.

"I remember watching it on TV and feeling really disappointed not only in the result but in the manner of the result, and that's not taking anything away from Hibs.

"You've always got to be confident - not so much confident in their weaknesses, but confident in our strengths. Hibs are playing really well, they've got a good group of players, but there's more to come from our squad - there really is.

"I've had about eight one-to-one meetings with players since I've been in, and every one to a man have said they've underperformed, they're desperate to do better, and they will do better."

Stuart McCall at Rangers training
McCall is adamant Rangers will improve as they chase promotion

McCall's side drew 2-2 with Alloa at Ibrox in his second game in charge on Tuesday, and will be without full-back trio Richard Foster (groin hernia), Seb Faure (knee) and Steven Smith (back) this weekend.

Newcastle United loanee Haris Vuckic, however, has recovered from the calf strain that sidelined him midweek and is available for selection.

"We've not had time to work on set plays and things like that," continued McCall. "We've got to be better organised defensively, and we've got to be more determined in both boxes.

"Hibs carry a threat, but so do we. If you look at the players we've got to attack the ball, if we put the ball in the right area, we should be forcing the goalkeeper to make saves."

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