Maurice Edu claims Rangers were smart, not boring, as they ground out a scoreless Champions League draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Critics and pundits have savaged Walter Smith for his Champions League tactics.
But Gers ace Edu hit back and claimed the SPL champs were clever in smothering United's attacking aces like Wayne Rooney.
The midfielder told the Scottish Sun: "I don't think it was negative, anti-football.
"This is the Champions League and we were up against a very tough opponent.
"You have got to play smart under these circumstances. That's what we did on Tuesday night. We had a game plan and we executed it. There are not many teams who will go to Old Trafford and get a point.
"We came to frustrate them and we did that. It was a great performance from the lads.
"We had a strategy and a plan and it all came together.
"Sometimes you just need to dig deep and that's what we did at Old Trafford.
"We've got a solid core. That can stand us in good stead for the games to come."
And Edu insists the unexpected point was the ideal start to gaffer Smith's last Euro campaign at the helm.
He added: "We have one point and we can now move on to another tough game against Bursaspor at Ibrox."