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Rangers can top Champions League group - Vladimir Weiss

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We can progress from group C - Weiss

On-loan Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss believes Rangers have shown they are capable of topping their Champions League qualifying group.

The winger was left on the bench as Rangers beat Bursaspor 1-0 to confound their critics by leading Group C.

But he said: "Overall, we got a point at Old Trafford, so we have done well in the league and the Champions League.

"I think we can go all the way and finish first or second in the group after our good two games."

Immediately after the match, Steven Naismith, who scored Wednesday's winner, and team-mates Lee McCulloch, Kirk Broadfoot and Steven Whittaker followed Walter Smith's party line when interviewed by BBC Scotland.

But, while the Rangers manager was at pains to stress that his side remain outsiders to qualify, 20-year-old Weiss was prepared to be more publicly ambitious.

If it is working for them, I would say keep doing it

Celtic defender Glenn Loovens

"I expected a bit more from the Bursaspor team," he said. "I don't think we let them play at all and they have not really created any chances.

"We know we have nothing to lose in these games and the performance that the boys showed to fight for the points was incredible.

"We have got four points and play Valencia in the next game and, if we can get a result there, we have a big chance."

Smith changed to a five-man defence to gain a point in Manchester and again played with just one up front despite being at home against the Turks.

That meant there was no place for the trickery of Weiss, who has started Rangers' last four games in the Scottish Premier League but has so far missed out on his ambition of playing in the Champions League.

"Before I decided to come here, that was one of the reasons why I came, but it was always up to the manager and, at United, I expected a defensive team," he said.

"And he has picked the same team yesterday and they have scored and they didn't let Bursaspor create any chances.

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"So, overall, they have played very well and I can't complain about anything at the moment.

"Whatever team is put there, you always have to respect that.

"Obviously, I am a bit frustrated, but I want the team to do well whether it is with or without me in the team.

"It was my dream to play against United and to play at Old Trafford, but I am only 20. There are a lot of games to come."

Weiss had been warned before heading for Ibrox that "the league is not the best and football in Scotland is not the top level".

However, he said the speed of play in the Scottish Premier League led to difficult matches and backed Rangers' defensive tactics in Europe.

"We had more chances than they had, so it is working for us and teams, even Man Utd, now know that, even if we play defensive, we can score goals," he added.

Meanwhile, Celtic defender Glenn Loovens also thought any criticism of Rangers' tactics was unfair.

"You can't argue about that," he said. "Every team that goes to Old Trafford plays it defensively and they got a well-deserved point.

"So, if it is working for them, I would say keep doing it."



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see also
Smith delight at Rangers victory
29 Sep 10 |  Rangers
Rangers 1-0 Bursaspor
29 Sep 10 |  Rangers
Rangers v Bursaspor - as it happened
29 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier


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