Smith salutes youngsters
Walter Smith hailed his youngsters as Rangers advanced to the semi-final of the CIS Cup.
Last Updated: 28/10/10 10:34am
Rangers manager Walter Smith hailed his youngsters as the Ibrox side advanced to the semi-final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.
The Gers boss made a number of changes to the team that defeated Celtic in the Old Firm derby on Sunday as he tried to utilise his small squad.
Andrew Little was one of several youngsters who was given an opportunity at Rugby Park and he bagged his first goal of the season, before Steven Naismith sealed the win for the holders.
Smith said: "One of the awkward things about Andrew Little is pinning him down to one position because he can play in so many.
"It was a fantastic goal from him and all the younger players acquitted themselves well. I was pleased for them.
"They are all keen to be involved and I'm happy they are doing well enough.
"I had a few more to rest than I thought I would. One or two are injured and sickness to Kyle Lafferty meant I wasn't able to rest as many as I wanted."
The win means Rangers join Celtic, Aberdeen and Motherwell in Friday's draw for the semi-final, with the Ibrox side still unbeaten in all competitions so far this season.
The 62-year-old added: "I was pleased to get through the game. We made a few changes and it's not always easy when you do that so I was pleased with the result.
"We seem to be going well just now and it's just a matter of keeping that going."
That Light Blues face Inverness on Saturday before their UEFA Champions League game in Valencia next week.