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Rangers keeper Simonsen: we'll ignore off-field turmoil

Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen insists Ally McCoist's players will not let the latest off-field turmoil disrupt their relentless march towards the League One title.

The Ibrox side extended their lead at the top of the third tier to 20 points with a 2-0 win over Forfar at Station Park on Monday night.

But the build up to the game was overshadowed by the 15 per cent pay cut offer that was rejected by the Gers players last week.

Chief executive Graham Wallace is set to meet manager McCoist again this week as they search for an answer to reported losses of £1million a month.

But Simonsen says the players are focused only on their promotion drive.

He said: "The team is solely focused on getting results on the pitch and we showed that at Forfar.

"What goes on in the board room, outside of it or anywhere else in the club has nothing to do with us.

"We are paid to go out there and perform and to get this football club back to where it belongs, Monday night was another step towards it."

Simonsen was handed his first appearance as a Rangers player against the Loons as regular number one Cammy Bell was given the night off to attend the birth of his daughter.

But the former Dundee stopper knows Bell will not be left holding the baby for long.

"I am under no illusions that Cammy Bell is the number one at this football club," he added.

"What I am doing is showing that I am more than capable of coming into the side when I am needed.

"That has helped Cammy along as well with his game because when you have good, healthy competition it helps everyone to strive and produce better performances.

"And in terms of that Cammy has done very well and I was just delighted to get a sniff against Forfar, we won and took the three points."

The ex-Everton keeper's previous outing before Monday was the final day of last season when he and his old Dundee colleagues lost 1-0 at Hibernian.

But Simonsen says he had no trouble readying himself to face Dick Campbell's men.

He said: "I am approaching 35 years old now. I have been in the game a long time and I have also played at some fantastic football clubs.

"I have also had spells where I haven't been in the side and then I have.

"It is all about professionalism, keeping yourself fit and doing the right things in training every day.

"You have to prepare yourself for your chance."

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