Smith seeking Gers reaction

24 November 2009 09:05
The last Group G match at Ibrox proved to be a disaster for the Scottish champions as they crashed to a humiliating 4-1 loss to little-known Romanians Unirea.[LNB]The result also put a major dent in their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament, meaning Tuesday night's clash with Stuttgart is now a must-win game if Rangers are to retain any hope of progressing to the last 16.[LNB]Back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Sevilla and Unirea at Ibrox do not make good reading so far and Smith is hoping for third time lucky in Glasgow against the Germans.[LNB]"Our home performances have been disappointing and we have to show a good reaction to that problem," he said.[LNB]"That's the main thing from our own point of view. We have to show that the Unirea game, especially, was a blip on our own part.[LNB]"It was an exceptionally poor performance from us and we have to make up for that."[LNB]Erratic home form and better performances on the road so far means Smith is unsure what to expect from Tuesday night's game, having earned a point in Stuttgart in their opening match.[LNB]"It's a strange one," he said. "We've got a couple of points from two good performances away from home and we have had no points from our home games, which is an unusual circumstance for any team.[LNB]"We've had one exceptionally poor performance and one quite decent performance at home, although we lost quite heavily at the end of that.[LNB]"It's been a strange Champions League campaign. After four games we find ourselves with two points but still in a situation where we have an opportunity to qualify or, at least, get into a situation where we have European football after Christmas.[LNB]"That must be what we aim for and hopefully we can do that."[LNB]Dropping into the Europa League by finishing third may be a more realistic option for Rangers.[LNB]Smith added: "We are just thinking about European football after Christmas and the results will determine where that will be and if we are going to get any football after the Christmas period.[LNB]"We just have to try to win the game. We've got no thoughts on whether it's continuing in the Champions League or whether it's in the Europa League."[LNB][LNB] Rangers v VfB Stuttgart To Score 3+ Goals: Rangers 13/2  

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