Smith alright on the night
Rangers manager Walter Smith believed that his team were rewarded for their efforts at Manchester United.
Last Updated: 15/09/10 7:11am
Rangers manager Walter Smith believed that his team were rewarded for their efforts in gaining a 0-0 draw at Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
The SPL champions adopted stifling tactics at Old Trafford as they successfully avoided a repeat of the 3-0 defeat they suffered in England in 2003.
Smith had been critical of his team's domestic form prior to their European commitments, despite a 100 per cent record in the league, but he had no complaints on Tuesday night.
He told Sky Sports News: "I think that any team that comes here, especially on a Champions League night, would look to make sure that the defensive end of their game was correct.
"I thought we did that very well.
"Possession of the ball could have been better, and if it was we might have imposed ourselves on the game a little bit more.
"But in the end it was a good night for us to get a draw."
The match was overshadowed by a horror injury suffered by United winger Antonio Valencia in the second half, with Sir Alex Ferguson fearing the Ecuador international could miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle.
Blameless Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot was closest to the incident, when Valencia seemingly caught his toe in the Old Trafford turf, and he immediately called for medical assistance.
Broadfoot said: "I got up and I looked around and I saw the bone sticking out. I was desperate to get someone on to help him.
"You don't like seeing that in a fellow professional and I just hope that he gets a fast recovery."
He added: "You could see it (the bone) sticking out and his ankle was just hanging there.
"It is not a nice thing to be talking about. It's not a nice thing to see, especially in the top-quality player that he is."
Meanwhile, veteran Rangers defender Davie Weir claimed the visitors had not taken any encouragement from reading United's team sheet, with the likes of Paul Scholes and Dimitar Berbatov missing.
"They could make 20 changes and still have quality," said the centre-back. "When you see Ryan Giggs coming on then that shows you the strength in depth.
"If you look that starting XI a lot of teams would take that for their first XI."