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Ally McCoist's challenge to Rangers

By Lisa Gray

Ally McCoist wants his Rangers players to bring down the curtain on 2013 with a victory against Dunfermline after dropping their first points of the season.

A last-gasp equaliser by Stranraer at Ibrox on Boxing Day ended the Light Blues' 100 per cent Scottish League One record and prevented Rangers from claiming their 21st win in a row.

McCoist has welcomed the opportunity to make amends quickly when they face their closest challengers at East End Park on Monday.

He said: "It's great in one way because it's an opportunity for us to bounce back straight away after a disappointing performance.

"We've got four days from the Stranraer game until the Dunfermline game. Having been in a dressing room many times myself as a player after poor results, you just want the next game as quickly as possible.

"They've got that opportunity. It will be the final game of the year and would be great to go out on a high."

Jamie Longworth struck deep into injury time for Stranraer to cancel out Lee McCulloch's first-half penalty.

McCoist added: "We are coming off the back of a really disappointing performance.

"We are looking to go and win this game but, equally, we are looking for a far better performance up at Dunfermline."

McCoist is expecting another physical encounter against the Pars after the last meeting between the sides finished with three Rangers players in hospital.

"Our players will know they will be in a game and I'll make sure they are ready for the challenge," said McCoist.

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