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Rangers manager Walter Smith insists Bursaspor should not be written off simply because they are one of the lesser known teams in the Champions League this season.

The Scottish champions play host to their Turkish counterparts at Ibrox on Wednesday night, where they hope to build on the point gained against Manchester United in their Group C opener. In contrast, Bursaspor suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Valencia in their first match.

But, as far as Smith is concerned, winning the Turkish league last season and sitting top of the table this term is proof in itself that their opponents are a force to be reckoned with, and he said: "They are not unknown to us now, we have certainly gained quite a bit of information on them over the last few weeks."

He added: "They lost their first game at home to Valencia, I watched the game and it wasn't a game that you would say was a 4-0 game.

"It was maybe a typical Champions League game, where the home side were trying to push forward and attack in the normal manner and they were caught out on a number of occasions and heavily punished.

"Maybe in the domestic games it doesn't happen quite so clinically as that.

"I would think there will be a little bit of an adjustment on their part for the rest of the Champions League games.

"They've got some very good players and have invested quite heavily in their team to win the championship. They are currently at the top of the Turkish league.

"If we were playing Galatasaray or Fenerbahce or Besiktas, then everyone would say it would be a really difficult game. Bursaspor have shown to be better than those sides over the last year or so and that's the standard they are at.

"I think the first appearance in the Champions League is always a very difficult one, especially at home. The home games are very dangerous against the more experienced, top European sides."

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