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McCoist demands focus from Gers

SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Sunday, 20 April Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website


Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist
McCoist is aware of the threat St Johnstone pose

Assistant manager Ally McCoist knows Rangers cannot afford to take St Johnstone lightly in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

"The Scottish Cup and the FA Cup have been incredible this year," he said.

"We came through a tough tie with Partick Thistle and having to go to a replay should be education enough.

"We will treat St Johnstone with maximum respect but that's as far as it goes. We're going to pick a team that should go and win the game."

There have been a number of high-profile shocks north and south of the border in the cup competitions, including Queen of the South's win over Aberdeen in last weekend's semi-final.

And Challenge Cup winners St Johnstone will be taking part in their third major semi-final in two seasons.

We want to win everything and that will take care of any tiredness
Nacho Novo
Rangers striker

"Derek McInnes has got St Johnstone playing some great football," added McCoist.

"He's made one or two signings and Andy Jackson and Peter MacDonald can score goals."

Rangers, who already have the CIS Insurance Cup final in the trophy cabinet, will be licking their wounds after the last-minute defeat to Celtic on Wednesday.

And the SPL leaders face a gruelling fixture schedule since they have a backlog of domestic fixtures and have reached the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup.

But striker Nacho Novo believes Rangers can cope, even though injuries and suspensions are beginning to mount.

"The most important thing is the mentality," said the Spaniard.

"We want to win everything and that will take care of any tiredness.

"It's always hard at Hampden Park but it should be a nice atmosphere on Sunday."

Defender David Weir is suspended for the semi-final, while Lee McCulloch and goalkeeper Allan McGregor have joined Charlie Adam on the injured list.




see also
St Johnstone v Rangers
18 Apr 08 |  Scottish Cups
McInnes relishing semi-final test
15 Apr 08 |  St Johnstone
Milne aims for Saints cup shock
14 Apr 08 |  St Johnstone


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