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Forget semi-final, Rangers focus must be elsewhere after Tuesday development

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Rangers slipped to third in the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday night after Aberdeen’s win over Motherwell at Fir Park took the Dons three points clear of the Gers in the table – and the Light Blues need to forget about next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic and concentrate on catching the Pittodrie side in the league table.

The Gers face Dundee on Saturday at Ibrox in the final round of games before the Scottish Premiership splits into two groups, while Aberdeen have a trip to Tynecastle to deal with.

With the sides due to play each other again after the split, the Gers will be hoping to maintain their 100% record against Derek McInnes’ side this season and pick up a fourth win against the Reds but it has been dropping silly points to other teams that has been the Light Blues’ downfall.

Less than a month ago, Gers fans were hopeful of a title tilt ahead of the Scottish Premiership clash with Celtic but now there are some – admittedly only a few – who fear the Light Blues could somehow end up fourth at the end of the season.

While that isn’t particularly likely, Murty’s side need to get back to winning ways against Neil McCann’s side at Ibrox on Saturday and go on a run of wins between now and the end of the season if they are going to catch the Dons.

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There isn’t even much of a tangible difference between finishing second and finishing third – both sides enter the Europa League at the same stage and the prize money in Scotland means any difference isn’t going to be the difference between signing Leo Messi or Lee Miller – but being best of the rest will at least represent some sort of progress for the Gers after last season.

With another summer of rebuilding at Ibrox almost certain, finishing second will at least give the 54-times champions some small sense of satisfaction.

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