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Laudrup: Smith tactics spot on for Rangers

High-profile stars Lionel Messi and Adrian Mutu have criticised Rangers for their 'ugly' approach to European games and 'anti-football'.

But Laudrup, who also spent a season with semi-final opponents Fiorentina, has jumped to the defence of former boss Smith.

"Walter has turned Rangers around since he went back there," said the Dane.

"He brought in a lot of new players at the start of the season and would have looked at Rangers' strengths and weaknesses.

"Neutrals would maybe say they have been a bit negative but for the rest of us, for the supporters, we have enjoyed the run.

"With the tactics he has used and Rangers' never-say-die spirit, their run has been remarkable.

"The Rangers side I played in had better individual players, but maybe we were a bit naive in Europe. We were too open and were unable to get to the stages of the competition where it is fun - the latter stages.

"Now the big star at Rangers is the team. Now they just need one more result and they are in the final. They have got a good chance."

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