Smith calls for caution
Walter Smith has warned Rangers to curb their attacking instincts when they play host to Valencia.
Last Updated: 19/10/10 4:52pm
Walter Smith has warned Rangers to curb their attacking instincts when they play host to Valencia in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Gers have swept to joint top of the Scottish Premier League by playing a refreshing brand of attacking football.
In domestic competition, Rangers have racked up eight successive wins, scoring 13 goals in their last four league games in the process.
Yet in the Champions League, it has been a more defensive approach that has garnered them four points from games against Manchester United and Bursaspor.
Indeed, Smith concedes it will be hard for his team to revert to a more restrained approach against Valencia, especially after their 4-1 spanking of Motherwell this weekend.
"It is a little bit of a problem," said Smith. "I don't think there is any doubt about that.
"We have to play in a manner that is not our normal way of playing, but we have had to do that on a number of occasions and we have managed to handle that OK.
"I think the players appreciate that there has to be a change of emphasis in these games and they all done that very so far this season.
"Last season, we struggled to handle the balance between attacking and defending but we have been a bit better this season and hopefully it will lead to better results."