Kilmarnock land Wright

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Kilmarnock beat the Scottish transfer deadline yesterday to sign the St Johnstone striker Paul Wright for a club record £340,000.

Wright, whose former clubs include Aberdeen and Queen's Park Rangers, rejoins the Rugby Park manager, Alex Totten - the pair were together at St Johnstone. The 27-year-old striker has signed a three-year contract with the Ayrshire club.

Rangers, meanwhile, return to the scene of their best performance of the season today, determined to spoil Billy Kirkwood's Tannadice homecoming and edge closer to a seventh successive championship.

Kirkwood retired from his job on the backroom staff at Ibrox this week to return to his former club, Dundee United, as the successor to Ivan Golac. Today his old manager, Walter Smith, promised Kirkwood no favours with Rangers requiring 10 points to secure the title.

United themselves are desperate for points to stay clear of relegation but Smith said: "We are coming up against clubs every week that people are saying really need the points. But so do we - Rangers need them to win the championship and there can be no greater incentive than that."

Kirkwood has no injury problems. "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "There is no easy time to come into a manager's job but we just have to get on with it."

Rangers look likely to recall the Scotland Under-21 international, Charlie Miller, after suspension but there are doubts over Trevor Steven and Ian Ferguson. Craig Moore begins a three-match ban. The Ukrainian, Alexei Mikhailichenko, should make the 14 after starting only one match this season.

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