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GET INTO THEM; Smith's Euro battle cry.

Rangers will be ordered to blow away Alania Vladikavkaz with a spectacular goal blitz to clinch a money-spinning Champions League slot.

Boss Walter Smith reckons an all-out early assault to gun down the Russians is the right tactic to ensure the Ibrox side's place among Europe's elite.

He's determined Gers won't sit on their 3-1 lead from the first leg in which they could have scored 10.

Smith is confident his team will go through and said: "We know it's going to be a very tough game but there is room for optimism.

"We'll attack them and go for a goal and I hope we could put at least one of our efforts away, especially if we get the same amount of chances as in the first leg.

"I think we made more chances that night than we have against any other European opposition that I can remember.

"We WON'T sit back and defend because we could suffer for it.

"They push forward in numbers as they showed at Ibrox where they had us defending in our penalty box too often in the first half. I don't want that happening over there.

"Their willingness to attack could weaken their defence and hopefully we'll take advantage.

"That's where the pace of Brian Laudrup and Gordon Durie will be very important."

Alania could have their top striker Kazimov back after he missed the first leg but Smith will have no special treatment planned for him.

Gers are taking no chances on their trip to Vladikavkaz, which is just 60 miles from war- torn Groznyj.

They'll take take several food hampers and their own chef.

Smith said: "We have no problem about going despite what's happening in their country.

"Archie Knox and Alistair Hood have already been there and assured us there weren't any problems.

"But we've never thought about anything other than the game and our full concentration will be on getting through to the Champions League. Nothing else!

"We'll take our own food such as cereals, pasta and chicken to make sure none of the lads pick up a bug or anything."

Meanwhile, the Ibrox side will still be minus Danish hitman Erik Bo Andersen because of injury.

His goal threat would have been very useful in Russia.

Andersen will resume training this week.

EURO no-hopers FC Kosice have been offered a bank-busting pounds 2,000-a-man to dump injury-crippled Celtic spinning out of the UEFA Cup.

After a 0-0 first leg draw, the Slovakian unknowns will jet into Scotland dreaming of a bumper bonus that would take their skint countrymen SIX MONTHS to earn.

University professors in the country only earn pounds 120-a-week but Kosice are backed by the massive Eastern Slovak Iron and Steel Company who are putting up the cash.

Kosice will jet into Scotland on a high after a 1-0 league victory over Dunajska Streda amid torrential storms on Friday night.

But Celtic could be boosted by the return of Paolo Di Canio after three weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Burns said: "Paolo is desperate to play and I'm hopeful he'll feature at some stage."

Paul McStay and Phil O'Donnell are out, but Burns added: "I'm confident whoever comes in will be capable of helping us win."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:King, Iain; Guidi, Mark
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 18, 1996
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