Smith pleased with Europa League progress

25 February 2011 07:30

Rangers manager Walter Smith claims he is thrilled to remain in the Europa League, even though their dramatic triumph over Sporting Lisbon means even more fixture congestion.

The Scottish champions remain in the hunt for four trophies this season following their away goals win in Lisbon, which was secured by Maurice Edu's dramatic late equaliser. That means they still have to juggle domestic commitments with Europe with a small squad depleted by injury.

"We will have to wait and see how the season unfolds before we see if there is any great impact," Smith said.

"You can't pick and choose. We would never consider it an inconvenience qualifying for a round in Europe.

"We are pleased to do so. There's a pressure on Scottish clubs to do as well as they can so that our co-efficient level gets as high as possible.''

Rangers also defeated Sporting en route to the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

Smith, when quizzed on whether he believes his side can go all the way this time around, added: "The circumstances which surround the club at the moment are totally different from when we were in the UEFA Cup a few years ago.

"We can only try and get through the games as they come along.''

Next up for Rangers is a trip to face PSV Eindhoven on March 10 after the Dutch defeated Lille.

Smith added: "It's a good result for PSV because Lille have been doing well in the French league. But PSV have also been doing well so it will be an extremely difficult match for us."

Source: PA