McCoist looks set to replace Charlie Miller, although the 18- year-old may remain in the squad ahead of Hibs old boy Gordon Durie, who is available after a suspension.
Rangers are a point ahead of Celtic at the top of the Premier Division and four clear of third- placed Hibs. Smith said: 'After the disastrous start to the season we had we need victories in every game right now.'
Celtic, who receive Aberdeen at Hampden in a rehearsal of their Coca-Cola Cup semi-final at Ibrox this month, yesterday lodged their appeal with the Scottish Football Association against a pounds 100,000 fine from the Scottish League for poaching Burns from Kilmarnock. It will be heard by the a six-man appeals committee, chaired by Brechin's Hugh Campbell Adamson, on Wednesday.Reuse content