Rangers boss Smith full of praise for stunning Jelavic strike

Nikica Jelavic scored his 11th goal for Rangers in just his 16th Scottish Premier League appearance last night against Aberdeen.

Nikica Jelavic scored his 11th goal for Rangers in just his 16th Scottish Premier League appearance last night against Aberdeen.

And this one was probably his best – a stunning overhead kick in the 22nd minute – to keep the Glasgow club within arm’s reach of the title rivals Celtic.

The Croatian has made a huge impact at Ibrox this season and his efforts were praised by manager Walter Smith after the match at Pittodrie Stadium.

"It was a terrific goal. We are delighted to get any goal when you are away from home but that was something special from him. The most important thing was that it was the winner,” Smith said.

"The games are coming thick and fast at the moment and like quite a few of our players Nikica hasn't been at full match fitness over the season and we haven't yet seen the best of him overall.

"I think that is still to come. He will gain that through his pre-season training next year but at the moment he is doing very well for us and his goals have been terrific."

 
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