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McCoist: Title win for Sandy

Rangers manager Ally McCoist dedicated the club's League One title to Sandy Jardine following the 3-0 victory over Stranraer.

Jardine, who played the vast majority of his career at Ibrox, died after a long illness on Thursday, aged 65.

Addressing the Rangers fans after the match, which was won with goals from Fraser Aird, Arnold Peralta and Dean Shiels, McCoist paid tribute to the former Scotland international.

And the Rangers boss reiterated the importance of marking the occasion with a victory for Jardine.

"I mentioned to the boys before the game that it was a situation where we wanted to do extra-specially well," McCoist said.

"We wanted to win the game but we wanted to do it not just for the players and indeed the supporters, but we wanted to do Sandy proud and I'm very hopeful we did that."

McCoist remains hopeful of further strengthening his pool for next season following Rangers' elevation to the second tier of Scottish football.

With the club facing their toughest league challenge against full-time opponents in the next campaign, it seems likely McCoist will have to cull his squad in order to bring in new players.

"We'd obviously like to strengthen the squad, there's no doubt about that," McCoist added. "I think we need to strengthen defensively and certainly in attack, and with a bit of luck we'll be able to do that.

"Next year's league will obviously be a step-up in class, most of the teams full-time, and something we're really looking forward to.

"The economics will determine what we can and cannot do but I would be loath to comment on that until we can inform our own staff for next season."

Rangers captain Lee McCulloch also believed in was fitting to include Jardine in the celebrations at Ibrox.

"It was a day of mixed emotions," McCulloch said. "Getting the win in the manner which we did and dedicating it to Sandy Jardine was brilliant and the dressing room is happy about that.

"It's certainly been a sad occasion, the players had words in the dressing room before the game and we spoke about going out and getting a win as that's what he would have wanted us to do.

"What a man he was, he will be sorely missed around Ibrox and Murray Park."