Rangers set for final lap in title race

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Scottish football

Today Rangers go in search of one of three wins which will wrap up their eighth successive Scottish championship. Walter Smith's side face lowly Partick Thistle at Ibrox with a point to prove after Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Hearts.

Victory would put Rangers seven points clear of Celtic, who face Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow. Assuming Celtic take full points from their last four games, Rangers need three wins to take the title.

Ally McCoist is rated "touch and go" by Smith to face Thistle because of a groin injury, while Gordon Durie is recalled. Ian Ferguson is out - he starts a two-match suspension - but Erik Bo Andersen, Peter van Vossen and Ian Durrant are added to the squad.

At Hibs, Celtic will be without the injured John Hughes but welcome back John Collins, who missed the midweek draw against Kilmarnock.

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