Smith: Time running out for Gers

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Walter Smith admits Rangers have put themselves under massive pressure to win their final two Champions League games after conceding a late equaliser against Unirea Urziceni in Bucharest.

The Scottish champions thought they had secured a crucial victory that would have resurrected their campaign when Lee McCulloch netted with only 11 minutes to go. But Rangers were denied their first win of the tournament when substitute Marius Onofras levelled for the Romanians two minutes from time.

Smith - who refused to comment on crowd trouble involving Rangers fans at half-time - said: "The pressure is on us to win our games, that's what we have to do. I don't think there is any other way forward for us."

Rangers remain bottom of Group G and now face massive games against Stuttgart at Ibrox and a trip to Sevilla with their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages now hanging by a thread.

"That's what makes it so disappointing to lose a late goal," he added.

"At least we acquitted ourselves in a better manner than the first game, which was as poor a performance as we have had in Europe since I came back.

"We made up for that a little bit."

A 4-1 defeat by Unirea at Ibrox a fortnight ago put a massive dent in Rangers' hopes ahead of this game and Smith was at least pleased to see a marked improvement from his players.

He said: "I don't think we had weak points. Our weakest point was our overall performance in the last game, we didn't play well at all. But I think tonight we showed we can play better than we did do in Scotland."

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