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Rangers’ recent results have ended their faint hopes of winning this season’s Scottish Premiership title from their bitter rivals Celtic but with a Scottish Cup semi-final between the sides to come next month, Graeme Murty can’t let his side get distracted by their last chance at silverware.

Te defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock in the league have allowed third-placed Aberdeen to close the gap on the Gers and Derek McInnes’ side could overtake the Light Blues in second if they can win their game in hand.

Murty’s side will no doubt have one eye on the April 15th showdown with Celtic at Hampden but need to maintain their focus on the Scottish Premiership and securing second in the table.

After finishing third last season, a second successive third-place finish simply wouldn’t be good enough by the Gers as they try and get back to where they were before financial meltdown in 2012.

While there’s little difference between finishing second and third in terms of prize money and entry into the Europa League, finishing second would at least resemble some sort of progress for the Gers over the previous year.

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The Gers boss and his coaching staff have all had long playing careers and with the likes of Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson having had spells at Ibrox as players they should all be well-equipped to keep their side focused on finishing ahead of the Dons.

Whether it is Murty who is in charge of the Gers next season or he is replaced in the summer by the Gers board, after the six years the Gers fans have had to endure there is little patience left for underperforming sides failing to meet expectations.

In other Rangers news, Russell Martin is now fit again after suffering an injury

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