Dream alive for Naismith

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Steven Naismith insists Rangers' Champions League dream is still alive despite Tuesday night's crushing defeat in Valencia.

A double from Roberto Soldado and a late strike from Tino Costa sealed a 3-0 win for the Spaniards which allowed them to leapfrog Walter Smith's men into second spot in Group C.

"We still want to push for second place," said Naismith. "We have come so far between last season and this season in the Champions League and we want to push on and stay in the competition."

The Scotland forward, who hit the woodwork early on at the Mestalla, knows leaders Manchester United and Valencia were favourites to progress at the start of the campaign. But, having taken five points at the halfway stage, Rangers could have been forgiven for beginning to believe that a last-16 place was a possibility this term.

With rock-bottom Bursaspor still without a single point following their defeat by United, the Scottish champions should at least be able to take third place and a Europa League berth ahead of the Turks.

Naismith was quick to underline, however, that such thoughts are not on the agenda.

"We know it's going to be a tough ask but we will try our hardest. We will sit down and have a think about this performance," he said.

"There are still six points up for grabs and we still want to take something from our next two games and continue our Champions League run."

Rangers host United at Ibrox in their next match and, having left Old Trafford with a point in their opening game, Naismith believes they should not be written off this time either.

He added: "We do believe we can take something. We have shown in the two games at home that we are good enough to compete against the top teams. We will need to play at our best but we will see how it goes."

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