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Naismith slams Rangers display against Valencia

Forward Steven Naismith was frustrated as Rangers turned in what he felt was their worst performance of the season in losing 3-0 at Valencia in the Champions League.

The Gers' unbeaten start to the season across all competitions came to a shuddering halt at the Mestalla as Roberto Soldado's double and Tino Costa's late goal condemned them to defeat.

The Scottish champions had opportunities of their own and Naismith hit the woodwork twice, but the Scotland international told Sky Sports 4: "I think it's the worst we've played since the start of the campaign, we didn't defend great.

"We started off pretty well and I had a shot - when I looked up it was heading for what I thought was a goal, but it hit the post.

"But the biggest disappointment is we lost a goal from a set-play, throughout the campaign we've been good like that."

The result leaves Walter Smith's side third in Group C, two points behind tonight's opponents, and the Rangers manager said: "It was a difficult night.

"We could have got a terrific start and I think the goalkeeper touched Steven Naismith's shot on to post. The way the Champions League goes for us, if we'd got that one it maybe would have got us settled.

"The disappointment is losing a goal from a set-piece, if they had got a goal at that time in open play it would have been more acceptable.

"I think Allan McGregor got a fingertip to it and it put Sasa Papac off, so we had a little bit of misfortune there.

"We had a chance with Naismith's header on to the post but it was a very difficult night. We know coming away from home we're going to have to have a little bit of luck."

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