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King geared up for title push

By Andy Newport

Billy King had Rangers to thank for getting his Hearts title party started 12 months ago - but he does not expect St Mirren to do the Light Blues a similar favour this time round.

The Jambos winger lifted the Ladbrokes Championship crown last season after Robbie Neilson's men romped to the title, but victory was sealed when Rangers beat Hibs at Easter Road to kill off the Leith title push.

King is now looking to land his second successive second-tier winner's medal after joining Gers on loan in January and could be celebrating as soon as Saturday night if Mark Warburton's team beat Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy and Hibs fail to beat St Mirren.

But the 21-year-old reckons Alan Stubbs' men will pull the plug on their party hopes by winning in Paisley.

He said: "Last season Rangers won it for us at Easter Road. Lee Wallace scored the winner to seal the title for us. But we're not thinking about those kind of things yet. We're not talking anything for granted."

If he does wave goodbye to Warburton's squad at the end of his loan deal, he has seen enough in his short Ibrox stint to be confident Rangers will thrive in the Premiership next season.

He said: "I've not really thought about that to be honest. I'm just concentrating on Rangers and winning the league."

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