Smith calls for improvement

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Walter Smith admits Rangers will have to improve if they are to make an impact in the Europa League with the 5-4-1 formation employed in the Champions League.

Smith garnered six points in the campaign using Kenny Miller as his lone striker and the Scotland international notched his 19th goal of the season in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Bursaspor, where Sercan Yildirim's 79th minute equaliser gave the Turkish side their first point in Group C

"We will have to wait and see what happens," said Smith after his side secured their Europa League passage with third place in the group.

"We will always be pushed if we meet the top teams but I think we have shown in the Champions League that we have handled difficult games very well," he added.

"There is still improvement to be made in terms of our overall possession of the ball, that's the improvement we have to make if we are going to continue to play in the formation we used."

The Rangers boss had no complaints about the result, saying: "I think the result was a fair reflection.

"The first half was probably better for us, we had a couple of good chances before we scored and we also had a few times when a better pass would have presented opportunities for us.

"We were pleased to be in the lead at half time but Bursaspor pushed us back and put a lot in to the game and on balance, probably deserved to get back in to it."

Smith praised Miller's contribution, saying: "It was a good performance from him overall and it was a terrific goal.

"He is having that kind of season where he is scoring that type of goal so we are delighted. He also created an opportunity for Steven Naismith early on so it was a good performance from him."

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