Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Let's make it fortress Ibrox, roars boss Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith insists his team must strive to become an awesome force at Ibrox to give themselves a chance of reaching the Champions League knock-out stages.



The Scottish Premier League title hopefuls take on Stuttgart, Lyon and Barcelona in Group E, with the top two teams advancing to the next round. A maximum haul of points at home would put Rangers in a strong position, and the first test comes on Wednesday when German champions Stuttgart are their visitors.

"The home matches will be crucial for all the clubs, I think they will give us a basis," Smith said. "We managed to get through the qualifying games against Red Star Belgrade and Zeta so we know that we can compete on a level.

"We'll have to show that we can step up a level. Anything we can achieve in the Champions League will be down to our home form and we would hope that getting a home game to start would give us a good start."

Meanwhile, David Weir has urged Rangers not to dwell on the defeat at Hearts which knocked them off top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The veteran defender insists the Ibrox club must forget the Tynecastle match and look ahead to the match against Stuttgart.

He said: "We need to get back playing, address it, and put the wrongs right. The game is gone. There are a lot of things we would like to change if we could but we can't. We've got to look to the future now."

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