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St Mirren out to inflict more agony on Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists his side's last meeting with St Mirren should act as a warning about the size of the task facing them this weekend.

The Scottish champions travel to Paisley today (12.45) hoping for the three points that will strengthen their grasp on pole position in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of next week's Old Firm derby.

However, memories of the Buddies' visit to Ibrox in October are still raw for McCoist and his players.

Rangers had been aiming for a 10th consecutive SPL win, but were held to a 1-1 draw when former Light Blues striker Steven Thompson grabbed an injury-time leveller.

McCoist said: “We saw enough in the game at Ibrox to determine that it's going to be a really difficult game. I thought they knocked the ball about really well against us at Ibrox.

“As disappointing as we were — when we took the lead we couldn't get the second goal — from their point of view they scored a very good equaliser.

“It was a howler defensively from us, but from their point of view it was a good goal. In the cold light of day, they probably deserved a point on that day's performance.

“That would indicate to me and the players that it's going to be nothing other than a really tough fixture, but it's a good place to go.”

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