Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Rangers boss Smith wants to make Ibrox a fortress in Europe

Rangers boss Walter Smith says his side must add to the point they gained against Manchester United in their Group C opener when they host the Turkish champions Bursaspor at Ibrox tonight to have any real chance of remaining in Europe beyond Christmas.

“I don't think after the home form last season we could go into any game in the Champions League as the favoured team,” said Smith, who was last night boosted by influential Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Davis being passed fit for the clash.

“We would hope we would do better at home this season. We need to achieve a far better balance between our attacking and defending than we have so far.

“All we have to do is concentrate on better performances at home this season than we had last season, that's the main objective from our own point of view.

“Our away form last season, for the Champions League, wasn't too bad. It was our home form that was really disappointing and we have to make sure that we make the adjustment.

“The home games have been the problem for us. Having two home games coming up can be looked upon as an advantage but we have to make it that way.”

Rangers boast a 100 per cent record so far in the SPL but Smith says a different approach is needed in the Champions’ League..

“I don't think just now that Scottish clubs, or clubs in smaller countries, can play against the top European sides without having to make a certain adjustment to how they play.

“We certainly can't go and play in the manner that we did against Manchester United.”

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