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Naismith says Rangers sent warning to Scottish rivals

Rangers' 6-0 demolition job of Motherwell on Saturday has served as a warning for rival SPL clubs says Steve Naismith. Naismith opened the scoring for 'Gers in just the fifth minute before the avalanche of goals came, led by a Nikica Jelavic hat-trick, and the Scotland striker feels the performance has set off alarm bells in the other camps ahead of this weekend's Old Firm derby with arch rivals Celtic.

"I think the way we beat Motherwell was a bit of a statement. We've been confident in ourselves and the way we've been playing," he said.

"Maybe there've been games where we've tried to play but circumstances prevented us.

"That could have been the way the opposition set up or the pitches not being the best - but even when we've not played so well we've managed to grind out a result most of the time.

"We're going through a period where it's so important for us to build up a bit of momentum. We've been saying since the Hearts home game that the matches were coming thick and fast and they were all vital.

"This is an important week but just I don't think the Celtic game is any more important than the Motherwell one was or St Johnstone in the league after it."

Andrew Slevison
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