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Rangers won’t take eyes off Euro prize

Rangers manager Walter Smith admits it will be a “tall order” to avoid dropping league points if their European run continues — but he insists there is no way he will prioritise competitions.

Rangers put themselves in a good position to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals with a 0-0 draw at PSV on Thursday.

Smith brought in keeper Neil Alexander for the first-leg clash and confirmed Allan McGregor would return for the visit of Kilmarnock tomorrow, but he maintains he will not take the Europa League lightly despite the prospect of fixture congestion.

Rangers have played two SPL games less than Celtic, sitting five points behind their rivals, and have four outstanding matches, against St Mirren, Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

“It's a tall order for us if we continue to play in Europe, I think that might be a factor depending on how our situation develops,” Smith said.

“Basically we are going to have to go on an exceptional run of wins to get the championship.

“I think there will be points dropped for all the clubs but Celtic went on a long run before losing to Motherwell. I think we will have to emulate that if we're going to be champions.”

Ahead of the match against fourth-placed Kilmarnock, he added: “They are well deserving of their position in the league. it will be a difficult game for us, considering we are just coming back from a European game.”

Meanwhile, Smith confirmed Rangers are considering whether to appeal against Ally McCoist's two-match ban following his disagreement with Neil Lennon.

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