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Smith pleased with Gers recovery

Rangers manager Walter Smith
Smith was happy to open Rangers' SPL campaign with a win

Rangers manager Walter Smith was delighted his side bounced back from the defeat by FBK Kaunas to open their SPL campaign with victory at Falkirk.

Andrius Velicka's solitary goal sealed the win over the Bairns, days after Kanuas knocked Rangers out of Europe.

"After our midweek disappointment, it was always going to be a tough game for us today and that's the way it turned out," said Smith

"We're just pleased we managed to go on and win it."

Smith was full of praise for goalkeeper and captain for the day Allan McGregor, who saved a second-half penalty from Michael Higdon.

"It was obviously an important save," added the Rangers boss.

"There was a little bit of slackness on our own part in terms of defending. We handled most of today's circumstances quite well but we were slack at that stage.

"With the week that we've had it was one of those that you felt might have gone against us but it didn't and credit to Allan for making the save.

"We went on to get the winner after that and we were pleased about that. We managed to get the win and that was the most important thing for us."

And Smith hopes his side can prove their critics wrong by mounting a serious domestic challenge.

"The biggest problem we have is that we have built up a reputation over the last 18 months and it got ruined in two games," he said.

"Their attitude and determination to play was something we have not had to question over the 18 months I've been the manager.

"Obviously the two games we played over the last couple of weeks changed everyone's opinion so it was good they got that back again and I'm sure we will go on from here."

see also
Falkirk 0-1 Rangers
09 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier

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