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Rangers to face Wasps without international players

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Ally McCoist insists it was the Ibrox board's decision to press ahead with next week's clash with Alloa - not his.

The Ibrox side are entitled to postpone the Scottish Championship fixture scheduled for next Saturday after three of their players were called up for international duty.

But despite Lewis Macleod being away with Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad and Bilel Mohsni and Arnold Peralta on call with Tunisia and Honduras respectively, the League One champions will press ahead against the Wasps.

That is a change of tack from the previous line taken by the club.

They have called off four matches over the last two years while first-team figures were off playing for their countries - including last month's trip to Cowdenbeath, Rangers won the rearranged fixture 3-0 on Tuesday night.

But McCoist revealed it was the Light Blues directors' call to leave the Alloa fixture as it was.

He said: "We considered calling it off, as we have done with previous fixtures, but the board have made their decision that they would like it to go ahead, which I totally respect. I'm totally fine with that.

"I have said we would like to show a level of consistency but I have always said the overriding factor would be the welfare of our team and our club.

"I have got no idea (why the board took its decision). There are a lot of factors as well, like the financial side and fans travelling which I 100 per cent understand."

Today, Rangers travel to Falkirk looking to keep pace with Championship leaders Hearts.

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