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Smith urges Gers to stay the course

Rangers manager Walter Smith has told his players that winning their last four matches would be a "terrific" finish to the season -- regardless of whether it is good enough to retain the Scottish Premier League title.

The champions saw the destiny of the title slip from their hands for the first time this season when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Celtic on Sunday.

But Rangers still lead the way by a point and have three chances to put pressure on Celtic, who have a game in hand over their Glasgow rivals.

The Light Blues will extend their advantage to four points if they beat Motherwell on Saturday -- 24 hours before Celtic host Dundee United.

If they beat the Scottish Cup finalists at Fir Park, Rangers would top the table if they win their following two matches, against Hearts and Dundee United at home as Celtic will be playing the next day on each occasion.

Smith said: "We had a situation a few weeks ago where if we had beaten Dundee United we would be in a position where we were in charge of our own destiny but, unfortunately, we lost that game.

"We had the chance to get that back in the Old Firm game at the weekend and we didn't take it.

"Since the Dundee United game that we lost we have been on a good run and we obviously realise that we need to win our remaining four matches and see what happens.

"What I would say is that if we manage to do that it would be a terrific finish to the season, regardless of how the championship finishes up."