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Rangers to take out fury on Dons

By Lisa Gray

Manager Ally McCoist has no fears about Rangers' Europa League disappointment derailing their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign as they prepare to host Aberdeen tomorrow.

The champions played their part in what was a disappointing night for Scottish football when they failed to book their place in the group stages after being held to a 1-1 draw by Maribor at Ibrox and exiting the play-offs with a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Rangers had already crashed out of Champions League qualifying and Thursday's result at the hands of the Slovenians was the latest setback in what has been a difficult start to McCoist's tenure as boss.

However, his side do head into the Dons clash top of the SPL table.

McCoist said: "This club has had many highs over the years and also many lows. You probably find out more about people when you have the lows.

"I don't have any doubt that the boys in the dressing room will bounce back in terms of the performance and their desire to get a result against Aberdeen.

"That's what we have to do, anything else is not an option. We just have to regroup and look forward to the Aberdeen game, which will be a difficult game, and give it our best shot.

"Life would be pretty boring if it was a bed of roses all the time. It's a rollercoaster and we took a bit of a dip and it was a sore one.

"But we've got a real opportunity to regroup and get ready for Aberdeen."

McCoist believes the rivalry between the two clubs means Rangers could not have asked for a better game in the wake of their European exit.

He added: "It's a tough game because the fixture over recent seasons would tell you that the Aberdeen boys are always up for the Rangers games and the Rangers boys are always up for the Aberdeen games. So it's a good game for us."

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