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Smith proud as Rangers hold nerve in Bremen

Rangers lost 1-0 on the night to a second half strike from Diego and had to withstand serious pressure as the game wore on. Werder amassed 42 shots and 18 corners but failed to breach the Rangers rearguard a second time to take the tie into extra-time.

"It was a fantastic performance," Smith told BBC Scotland.

"I knew Werder Bremen would put us under pressure and they certainly did that. We've got a great deal of resilience.

You've got to give credit to Bremen. We had a little bit of luck at times, but we're just delighted to get through."

Smith also praised Alan McGregor who produced a string of outstanding saves to keep Werder at bay.

"Our goalkeeper was equal to anything - brilliant in fact.

"In the 15 months that I've been here he's done exceptionally well."

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