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Walter Smith delighted as Rangers overcome Kilmarnock

Rangers manager Walter Smith
Smith was delighted to secure victory over an impressive Kilmarnock side

Manager Walter Smith hailed his Rangers side after they came from behind to beat Kilmarnock and move three points clear at the top of the table.

Kenny Miller fired a hat-trick - including two penalties - as the Gers took advantage of Celtic drawing at home with Dundee United.

"It was a good game today and I thought that Kilmarnock played very well," Smith told BBC Scotland.

"I'm delighted Kenny's scoring a number of goals at the present moment."

Conor Sammon gave Kilmarnock the lead but Miller twice struck from the spot and drilled home a third as the hosts collapsed defensively and had Mohamadou Sissoko sent off.

"It was exactly the type of game I thought we would get. Kilmarnock are playing very confidently just now," said Smith.

"We had a few changes to make, in the back four especially. It's always a bit awkward when you have to make those changes.

"It was a good game today and I thought that Kilmarnock played very well.

"We managed to get ourselves in front and create a few opportunities at the end that may have made it a bit more comfortable for us.

"It maybe would've flattered us slightly if it'd had been any other kind of scoreline."

Miller's goal before half-time saw Rangers go in at the break level and Smith said he knew his side would have to raise their game.

"We did do and went in front," he said. "In fairness, Kilmarnock came back right away. We had to go and take the lead again."

Kenny scored two good penalties and it was a good third goal from him

Rangers manager Walter Smith

On Miller's hat-trick heroics, Smith said his striker had been disappointed to miss from the spot in last week's win over Aberdeen.

"It had no effect today. He scored two good penalties and it was a good third goal from him," Smith added.

"He might have had another couple added to that. I'm delighted he's scoring a number of goals at the present moment."

Smith revealed that defender Sasa Papac is the most likely of his injured players to return to face Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League clash.

"We'll see how he feels," said the Rangers manager. "He still has a slight concussion, along with a cut on the eye.

"So, we'll just have to see how he is. But he's the only one we're possibly going to have on Wednesday."

Smith said Rangers were in confident mood ahead of Manchester United's visit to Ibrox, adding: "We know we'll need to be at the top of our game if we're going to achieve anything.

"They're the best team in the group by far, we have to be prepared for that."



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