Rangers midfielder Jason Holt believes teams playing against his side play the game like a cup final, which makes it difficult for the Gers to beat them.

The 22-year-old signed for Mark Warburton’s side in the summer from Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts.

Holt has since cemented a first-team place in Warburton’s side and has chipped in with key goals.

The midfielder put his side in front in the 4-0 demolition of Dumbarton on Tuesday night and also scored a scorcher in October’s 1-0 win over St. Mirren.

The Hearts youth product believes that the situation was similar with the Jambos, with lesser teams playing their games like cup finals.


And Holt believes that against Rangers the other clubs have added incentive as it is their biggest game of the season and it helps them in raising their game.

Speaking in an interview with Rangers TV, Holt said: “I think when the teams play Rangers, they raise their game.

“It’s like a cup final [for them].

“At Hearts it was similar, but against Rangers it’s their biggest game of the season.”

Warburton’s men take on fifth placed side Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park on Saturday and will be looking to widen the gap at the top of the Scottish Championship.