Rangers' campaign

DAVID MCKINNEY

Rangers are leading a campaign to persuade Uefa, the governing body of European football, to increase the number of clubs being granted automatic inclusion to the Champions' League.

The Scottish champions have paid vast sums in transfer fees to bring international players to the club in an effort to find European success but have failed on several occasions to negotiate the preliminary round.

Campbell Ogilvie, the secretary of Rangers, said: "There will be several other big names advocating similar proposals. Only 16 of the 49 champion clubs go into the Champions' League and we would like to get more clubs involved in the section competition."

Rangers took another step towards ensuring they will represent Scotland in next season's competition with a 4-0 demolition of Raith Rovers at Ibrox and while he scored one of the goals - thereby putting him on 231 and taking him past Bob McPhail's all-time Scottish league scoring record - Ally McCoist is a target for Motherwell, who find themselves at the bottom of the Premier Division less than a year after they ran Rangers closest for the title. McCoist, who will 34 this year, is likely to become marginalised at Ibrox with the impending arrival of Peter Van Vossen, the Dutch striker and the possibility of Jardel, the Brazilian, also joining up.

Non-League clubs Keith and Whitehill Welfare struck the jackpot on Saturday, winning Scottish Cup replays to take them to third-round meetings with Rangers and Celtic.

Dunfermline forced back the tears to beat Clydebank 4-3 at East End Park following an emotional afternoon after the death of their captain, Norrie McCathie earlier in the week.

n Scottish football is likely to agree to using television evidence for disciplinary cases at a meeting of the Scottish Football Association today .

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