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Raul Riancho during his time at Dynamo Kiev

Raul Riancho during his time at Dynamo Kiev

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Raul Riancho during his time at Dynamo Kiev

Spartak Moscow caretaker boss Raul Riancho admits he has got more on his mind than just Rangers after leaving seven members of his squad back in Russia.

The Spaniard - who only took command on Monday after Italian boss Massimo Carrera was sacked - said: "We left seven players behind in Moscow to prepare for a very important game with Rubin on Monday.

"Because of the tight schedule we want to give them time to prepare for this important match.

"I'm not only thinking about the match with Rangers. I have to think about the future as well."

Riancho knows he will not be a popular choice to take over permanently but appealed for unity ahead of tonight's showdown at Ibrox.

"I ask of the fans only one thing, you can criticise me as much as you want - I'm only a caretaker - but please support the players from the first minute to the last," he said.

"We have a very young team, a lot of players between 18 and 21 - and you can either help succeed or destroy their careers completely.

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"I don't care if you criticise me as I won't be staying in the chair, but please support the team."


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