Football: McCoist's European mission at Ibrox

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ALLY McCOIST is hoping to shrug off a nagging calf injury and return to face his former club, Rangers, at Ibrox on Sunday and help Kilmarnock secure a place in the Uefa Cup.

"It is important for Kilmarnock to get into Europe, therefore nothing less than a win will do," the 36-year-old striker said. "There is no doubt it will be a hard game. Rangers have played extremely well against us this season but hopefully we can put an end to that this Sunday.

"Ian Durrant and I want to put on a good performance against our old club and I am sure all Rangers fans would understand that. I don't believe what people are saying that Rangers have nothing to play for. They have Cup final places to play for and that will be huge motivation. When you play at a club like Rangers there is no such thing as a nothing game."

McCoist is convinced Rangers will clinch the treble when they face Celtic at Hampden Park on 29 May. "I think Rangers will win the Cup but it will be a hard game. Both teams will be up for it but I have a feeling Rangers will sneak it," he said. "It is going to be a huge occasion with the opening of the new Hampden and the Rangers fans always create a party atmosphere."

Meanwhile, John Yorkston was yesterday named the new chairman of Dunfermline after Roy Woodrow announced he was standing down after seven and a half years. The Pars will bow out of the Scottish Premier League on Sunday when they play host to Motherwell as they have been relegated.

However, Woodrow insisted the club's demotion had nothing to do with his decision to leave his post. "I had intended to step down last season but the stadium redevelopment was not complete," he said. "Making the change at this time will give my successor an opportunity to have a close look at the business and get himself settled in before the start of the new season."