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Rangers using Cup heartache as motivation to succeed: Weir

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers assistant manager David Weir admits their last-gasp Hampden defeat by Hibernian is driving them on ahead of their latest William Hill Scottish Cup campaign.

The pain of Hibs' late comeback in last year's final is still raw for Weir as Rangers prepare to host Motherwell in the fourth round on Saturday.

"There's always a desire to get to cup finals, you can't get enough of them," Weir said. "This club was built on league titles and cup finals.

"We did well getting to the cup final last year but obviously the disappointment of the result remains with you and that disappointment spurs you on.

"This group of players, which is a new group of players, want to experience that but obviously want to experience the upside of it rather than the downside of it, because it's a long summer after you lose a cup final and the disappointment of it remains and it's still there.

"But the only way to right that wrong is to try and have a successful run this year."

Rangers have already beaten Well twice this season but Weir warned against complacency.

"We have played Motherwell twice already and the games have been really close," Weir said. "The first one we won but it was really tight and the second one we needed a last-minute goal to win it.

"All games within this league are tight and teams make it difficult for you. They are very organised. Mark McGhee is an experienced coach and they have good players, so it will be a difficult day."

Gers boss Mark Warburton has, meanwhile, revealed that captain Lee Wallace and striker Joe Garner are on the comeback trail after injury.

"Joe will hopefully be back training within a week or so and then back with us within two or three weeks," he said. "Lee is fit, he trained with the rest of the squad on Saturday and will be available for selection, touch wood, for the weekend."

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