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Perfect 10 is mark Rangers are aiming for

Ally McCoist has challenged his Rangers players to earn the win over Hibernian that will send them 10 points clear at the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Victory at Ibrox today will see the Scottish champions strengthen their grasp on top spot, although rivals Celtic would have two games in hand ahead of their clash with Hearts on Sunday.

But McCoist warned that talk is cheap and insist Rangers will have to pull out all the stops to claim victory over a side he believes will pose a real threat.

He said: “It would be a big boost for us, of course it would be, to go 10 points clear, albeit Celtic would have two games in hand. It would be a massive boost for us.

“But you've got to earn it. It's all ifs and buts and if this happens or that happens. We have to go and beat a team who I think are very, very dangerous.

“I'm obviously going to say that I would rather we didn't talk about it. But it's there, the statistic is there — if we win our game, we will go 10 points clear. That is a fact.

“But we've still got to do it. We can talk about it for a long time but the only people who can make it happen are the players out on the park.

“We have been really pleased with the league results but it will take another performance again for us to get those three points.

“You'd have to say that Celtic will have a chance of winning their game on Sunday so we are doing no more than looking to beat Hibs on Saturday.

“If we do win the game, it will create a gap. But the best way to put it is, I'm not looking to create a gap, I'm looking to win three points.”

McCoist has almost a full squad to choose from, with only youngster Kane Hemmings and on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley out of action. Bartley is recovering from a hernia operation and McCoist is hopeful he will be back in contention soon.

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