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Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes if the Gers players don’t believe they can secure second in the Scottish Premiership and win the Scottish Cup then they may as well quit Ibrox.

The Light Blues are three points behind Aberdeen in the table and face Old Firm rivals Celtic at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-finals on April 15th.

The former Gers skipper thinks he was in the Gers’ dressing-room now he’d focused of lifting the club’s first major trophy in seven years.

“Everyone everywhere is being negative at the moment. Any time you pick up a newspaper or turn on the radio it’s Rangers this or Rangers that,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“However, they still have a chance to win the Scottish Cup and cement second-place, and if the players don’t believe that they’re as well not being there.

“There has to be a winning mentality similar to the one shown by the team I played in.

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“If I was in that position in the dressing room now then I’d be thinking that we had a cup to win.

“And I’d even be thinking we could still win the league because it’s not yet mathematically impossible. And if we don’t do that then we need to finish second.”

Rangers have endured their worst home record in the top flight in 103 years, with the recent Old Firm defeat followed by a loss to Kilmarnock taking their number of home defeats to seven in the league this season.

The Light Blues take on Dundee this weekend before heading to Hampden to face Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Scottish Cup.

With six games remaining in the Scottish Premiership, Graeme Murty’s side can’t afford any more defeats if they are to finish second this season.

Football Insider verdict:

McCulloch speaks from a position of experience and there have been some major question marks over the mentality of some of the stars currently at Ibrox. Many of Murty’s side look quite happy to only win every other game while fans expect more. Lifting the Scottish Cup would manage to gloss over some of this season’s mediocrity but the Gers are going to need to be at their very, very best to stand a chance of knocking Old Firm rivals Celtic out and ending their hopes of securing a historic back-to-back domestic treble.

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