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Rangers must stay focused on Hibernian and Scottish Cup final, insists Wilson

Rangers 1 - Alloa Athletic 1

By Andy Newport

Published 25/04/2016

Kiss of life: Rangers’ Danny Wilson celebrates with the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship trophy
Kiss of life: Rangers’ Danny Wilson celebrates with the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship trophy

Danny Wilson has warned Rangers not to get ahead of themselves and start planning their European adventures early. The Ibrox side can clinch a return to Europa League action if they beat Hibernian in next month's Scottish Cup final.

It is a tantalising prospect for the club and its supporters after four years of torment in the lower leagues, but the Scottish Championship winners appear to have taken their foot off the gas in the week since booking their slot in the May 21 showpiece with last week's thrilling shoot-out victory over Celtic.

They lost to Alan Stubbs' men in Leith on Wednesday, gifting Hibs all three of their goals with defensive calamities, and were just as slack as they failed to get the party started ahead of being presented with the league trophy on Saturday as Alloa were allowed to nick a 1-1 draw from Ibrox.

Now defender Wilson has cautioned his side against believing they are all set to go on their travels next term, insisting the threat of the Easter Road men must be quelled first.

He said: "Obviously with the cup final we've got the opportunity to get back into Europe - but we need to be wary of the threat that Hibs pose and take it one game at a time. With the final it's a one-off and anything can happen but we need to be prepared for it and the follow on from that is if we do win the game we will be in Europe. However, we need to get there first, that's the most important thing."

Wilson admitted Saturday's title celebrations were spoiled by the performance against Alloa.

Gers gifted Michael Duffy the opener when Andy Halliday was short with a pass across his defence. The Light Blues midfielder then wasted the chance to draw his side level when he fluffed a penalty but did put in the cross for James Tavernier to equalise from on the stroke of half-time.

Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace, Zelalem, Halliday, Holt (Shiels 63), King (Burt 75), Clark (Miller 64), McKay.

Subs Not Used: Bell, Ball, Law, O'Halloran.

Goal: Tavernier 45.

Alloa Athletic: Gallacher, McAusland, Hill, Marr, Hamilton, Holmes (McManus 61), Caddis (Layne 66), Hetherington, Megginson, Flannigan (Ferns 81), Duffy.

Subs Not Used: Finnie,Crawford, Hynd, Wilson.

Booked: Megginson, Flannigan, Caddis.

Goal: Duffy 8.

Attendance: 50,349

Ref: Craig Charleston

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