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Axed staff deserve a Rangers victory: Ally McCoist

Rangers boss Ally McCoist says the Ibrox side owe it to the 10 staff made redundant at the club this week to beat Hearts today.

The Light Blues travel to Tynecastle for a crucial match which McCoist claims is their biggest since being liquidated in the summer of 2012, as the two Scottish Championship title rivals go head to head.

But the manager admits a cloud has hung over the League One champions since it was reported on Wednesday that around 10 employees had left the club following job cuts.

The cost-cutting measures have been swiftly implemented in the days following Mike Ashley's Ibrox power grab.

While the first-team squad and McCoist's coaching set-up were unaffected, several members of the club's administrative and media departments have now departed - with rumours suggesting more could follow.

McCoist knows he has got an important game to win in Gorgie this weekend, but urged his players to think about their former behind-the-scenes colleagues when they take on the Jambos.

"We are 100 per cent focused on the job," he said. "We are all very, very sorry that we have lost some good people from the club who have sadly lost their jobs.

"We wish them well because these people have given the club some fantastic service and loyalty.

"We owe it to them and the supporters to concentrate our focus on the things we can have a bearing on and that is the game.

"It's as important a league fixture as we have played post-administration. But we are not contemplating losing. We are focused 100 per cent on getting a victory."

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