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Smith fears Rangers fixture pile-up

Walter Smith is concerned the current period of adverse weather could impact on Rangers' season by creating a backlog of fixtures.

Rangers claimed a 1-1 Champions League draw with Bursaspor in Turkey on Tuesday night in their first match since November 24 following the postponements of league games with Dundee United and Hearts.

With SPL leaders Rangers now entering the Europa League and in action in both domestic cup competitions, Smith is worried about the hectic schedule which awaits as a result of the rearranged games.

“We're in a situation where we want to be getting games under our belts,” he said.

“Our game with Bursaspor was our first in nearly two weeks and while not having matches has given us an opportunity to freshen up, we want to get back to action now.

“The break has allowed for some players who weren't fit before to get closer to a return. But I would still rather we were playing because the last thing we want or need is a backlog of fixtures.

“That's what we are in danger of ending up with.”

Rangers are away to Inverness in the SPL on Saturday, weather permitting.

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