Smith wants European help from above

24 September 2010 05:00
Rangers manager Walter Smith believes Scottish teams would fare better on the European stage if they were given more help from league bosses. The Ibrox side travel to Aberdeen on Clydesdale Bank Premier League business on Sunday, before hosting Bursaspor in the Champions League on Wednesday. In contrast, the Turkish champions face Bucaspor on Friday night, giving them more time to prepare for the midweek visit to Glasgow than their hosts. Asked if it would be a benefit to Scottish clubs to be given extra preperation time ahead of European games, Smith said: "This comes up over the seasons. The answer to that is yes. But I know, through the managers I've met with the Scottish League and others, the difficulties they face, especially with rescheduling television games. "I just think at times it would be helpful if Scottish teams got the same help that some of the European teams get. But it's only some of them, not all of the European teams allow their teams to play on a Friday night prior to Champions League games. "We just have to accept it and get on with it. It's just what we have to do. There is no use complaining about it. Bursaspor can get their game moved back from Sunday to Friday but unfortunately we can't."

Source: PA