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ALUKO SWITCHES FOCUS FROM DERBY

2nd May 2012, 07:57am

Sone Aluko: Has moved on from derby

Sone Aluko: Has moved on from derby

Sone Aluko insists Rangers have no time to dwell on their Old Firm derby defeat as they prepare to host Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Light Blues saw a recent run of victories come to an end on Sunday when they lost 3-0 to rivals Celtic at Parkhead in a match where they failed to come close to hitting top form.

But, with second spot in the SPL yet to be secured, Aluko claims the focus is all on United now.

He said: "We are disappointed because it was a bad result at the weekend.

"With the way we played, I don't think we showed how good a team we are and the good form we have been in.

"But we will move on and pick ourselves up for the next game. We have to pick ourselves up quickly."

Despite knowing administration-hit Rangers will finish what has been a turbulent season empty-handed, Aluko says the players are still motivated to win games.

The winger added: "We have shown in the last few games that we have been on good form and we still have our pride to play for.

"We are all winners and I don't like losing games. Even if it's a friendly game, I always try to win. That's the way the rest of the team is as well."

Manager Ally McCoist is also well aware of the financial benefits of claiming the runners-up spot for the cash-strapped club.

He said: "The players are playing for themselves, they are playing for the support and they are playing for second place, which has got a great financial reward.

"At this particular time, that means an awful lot to the club.

"So there is plenty to play for. We've got Motherwell to play and we've got Dundee United to play so out of respect for everybody else we've got to do our best, which you would expect us to do and we will do."

McCoist is hopeful administrators will name a preferred bidder this week with Brian Kennedy/Blue Knights and American tycoon Bill Miller both still in the running to take over the club.

He admits when he took over the helm from Walter Smith last summer he could never have envisaged the hurdles that would lie ahead in his first season as a manager.

McCoist said: "I certainly didn't foresee any of these problems. I thought we might have problems picking teams and one or two problems with players and disappointing results and things like that.

"But this by far and away outweighs anything that we could possibly ever have imagined."

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