Smith sees Rangers come from behind and score four

Rangers fell behind to a first half Motherwell strike but rallied with four second half goals to triumph 4-1 at Ibrox.
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Rangers fell behind to a first half Motherwell strike but rallied with four second half goals to triumph 4-1 at Ibrox.

Boss Walter Smith has full confidence in his small squad after this impressive comeback.

Rangers now face Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday, before taking on Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season, despite having a compact group of players.

He said: "The boys who play for us know that's the case. There is no getting away from that.

"We have a situation where we have a small group of players and we know we have to handle it. It's more a mental thing than a physical thing, it's not tiredness in any way.

"It's difficult for the Scottish lads especially, they are playing the world champions on a Tuesday night and having to come back and play in a league game.

"It's not easy to lift yourself mentally for that. It's difficult to adjust to an ordinary league game after playing the world champions.

"It'll be different for the next two games that we have, we will have no problems in that respect."

The win against Motherwell allowed Rangers to maintain their 100% record in the SPL and move clear of Celtic at the summit ahead of their game against Dundee United on Sunday.

Smith said: "It's a great start from us and we are delighted. We managed to have a little bit of a gap between ourselves and Motherwell at the end.

"A lot of other games have been fairly close, it's been by the odd goal and we have had to work extremely hard to win the games.

"Credit to our group, they have played well. There was a little bit of slackness in our play earlier in the season but overall we are delighted."

Smith refused to look ahead to the clash with Celtic, adding: "We have the Valencia game before then and we will go in with a bit of confidence after our performances in the league and the Champions League."

 
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