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Rangers 4 Hamilton 0: Vladimir Weiss is confident Rangers will soon be back on top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League — if they can repeat their performance against Hamilton in their games in hand.

The Slovakian scored twice and won a penalty as the Scottish champions cruised to a 4-0 win over Accies on Saturday, a result which sees them sit five points behind their Old Firm rivals in the title race.

However, Rangers have three more games still to play and a win in each would put them back into pole position.

Weiss sees no reason why such a scenario should be a problem on the back of Saturday's emphatic victory.

“Definitely, we need to win every game,” said the on-loan Manchester City winger.

“We are five points behind Celtic at the moment. If we play like we did in this game, we need to start off playing like this from the first minute in every game.

“If we do that, we should have no problem winning the games we have in hand.

“We knew we had to win this game and we wanted to win it as quickly as possible. Everybody started off really sharp and we won the game in the first half.”

Weiss made a major contribution when he grabbed a double and a won a penalty, that was converted by Steven Whittaker, before Maurice Edu sealed the win late on.

There were other chances for Weiss to add to his tally but he claims he is not greedy when it comes to the goals.

“I'm happy even with one and I don't mind who scores,” he said.

“It was an important three points for us and we've got another game on Tuesday so we have to focus on that now.

“We've got many games coming up now and the squad is not as big. The gaffer knows what he's doing and he's going to change the team a little bit every week to give players a rest.

“I felt okay in this game and I need to recover now for the game on Tuesday. Hopefully I will get another start and hopefully we play as well.”

Kenny Miller, who has been holding talks with Birmingham and Fiorentina after failing to agree a new deal with Rangers, was back in the starting line-up at the weekend.

The striker has already netted 22 goals so far this season but was outshone by Weiss as he failed to add to the tally against Hamilton.

Weiss said: “Kenny can score from anything. If he goes, it's not just up to me. There is Nikica Jelavic to come back from injury, James Beattie and Kyle Lafferty.

“They are three strikers who can replace him. But, at the moment, he is still in the team. I wish he stays but it's not up to me.”

However, Weiss revealed how Miller did try to take the credit for his second goal from a free-kick, adding: “He said at half-time that he got a touch but I don't believe him. He said he touched it a little bit but I claimed the goal.

Hamilton held Celtic to a draw midweek but were forced to make the trip to Ibrox with a squad depleted further by injury and suspension.

Boss Billy Reid is keen to add to his pool of players this month but has already lost out on one target, Robert Milsom, to SPL rivals Aberdeen.

He said: “We will add to the squad but it's difficult. We tried to bring the lad from Fulham, who went to Aberdeen. I went down and looked at him but he went to a bigger club.”

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