Smith goes all-out for a win

Rangers manager Walter Smith refused to be drawn into any mind games with Dan Petrescu ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash after the Unirea boss claimed his own players were unlikely to pick up any more points in the competition.

Rangers manager Walter Smith refused to be drawn into any mind games with Dan Petrescu ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash after the Unirea boss claimed his own players were unlikely to pick up any more points in the competition.

Former Chelsea star Petrescu revealed how he made a bet with his players they would be unable to follow up their impressive 4-1 victory at Ibrox with another win over the Scottish champions in Bucharest.

Petrescu claimed Romanian teams simply do not have the mentality to build on positive results.

“I hope that’s the case,” said a smiling Smith.

“We want to try to win the game tonight and that’s all that matters to us.”

Rangers currently prop up Group G with just a single point from their opening match in Stuttgart, with 4-1 defeats against both Sevilla and Unirea leaving them in a precarious position.

Defeat in Bucharest would spell the end of Rangers’ hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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