Double boost for Rangers

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Rangers, who maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier Division with a 3-0 win in the match against Heart of Midlothian in which four of the opposition were sent off, have received a boost for their Champions' League match against Auxerre at Ibrox on Wednesday week.

The French side will be without their central defensive pairing of Ned Zelic and Franck Silvestre. Zelic, an Australian, suffered knee ligament damage in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Nancy, leaving him on the sidelines with Silvestre, who has had a metal plate inserted in a shoulder. Rangers need to beat the French champions after the home defeat by Grasshoppers.

In the League, Celtic remained in touch with their great rivals only after an injury-time goal by Malky MacKay gave them a 2-1 win over Dundee United. Aberdeen stay third after a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock.

Ray Wilkins and Chris Waddle both experienced victory on a day they made their debut for Hearts and Falkirk. Wilkins helped his side to a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers on his 40th birthday in the first of his scheduled four games at the Edinburgh club while Waddle scored to help Falkirk beat Clydebank 2-0 in the First Division.

Waddle weighed in with his side's second goal before 3,701 fans at Brockville. The former Sheffield Wednesday winger, who has signed on a month-to-month basis, said: "The pitch was a great leveller, but it was a rare treat to score on a debut. There's a lot more to come as that's my first game since May."

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