Bairns have got the bottle for run in

Peter Houston reckons his Falkirk side are relishing the conclusion to a top of the table tussle with Rangers and Hibs – not fearing it.

The Bairns need one point between now and the end of the season to guarantee a play-off place, but are intent on retaining the second spot they already occupy.

That means big games between now and the end of the season with Hibs breathing down their necks, plus a shot at league leaders Rangers tomorrow night (Friday).

But Houston reckons his side are up for the challenge.

“If I’m being honest, third is where I was targeting at the start of the season, now we’re in a position we can get second with a group of players that believe that they can do it.”

Houston has had a fairly consistent side throughout the season, and won’t change that despite the inevitable extention.

“Come in the run-in, we’re looking forward to it rather than fearing it. We want to make sure when we get into the play-offs that we’re in a good place with regards to playing well.

“The expectations become greater the higher you go. Our punters were expecting to get to the play-offs but I think they’re now to finish second - that’s the nature of the beast.

“I believe with the pressure in these play-off matches over two games, we can do all right in them because our players have handled the big games over the past the last year.”

Tickets for tomorrow night’s big game – which doubles as Falkirk’s Strathcarron Day – stop at 5p.m. tomorrow.