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Papac earns Smith praise

20 March 2007 01:38
Rangers defender Sasa Papac won high praise from manager Walter Smith after an excellent performance in the 3-0 home victory over Aberdeen. The 27-year-old Bosnia international has struggled to make his mark since his summer arrival from Austria Vienna, but impressed as the Dons were swept aside at Ibrox. Smith told the club's official website: "We were very pleased with Sasa. "We'd been a bit unfair to him because he's the one player on the staff who we hadn't really given the opportunity to play. "We'd seen him in training and one or two bounce games, but never in a competitive match and we felt the time was right. "He's an excellent footballer and I felt he played very well against Aberdeen. He's used to playing as a libero but we asked him to go into a back four. "He's done it before and we felt he'd handle it and he did that."

Source: ESA