Murray defends Uefa Cup
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers' Ian Murray has defended the Uefa Cup as his side prepare to face Osasuna.
Rangers' Ian Murray has defended the Uefa Cup as his side prepare to face Osasuna in the last 16 of the competition on Thursday.
Old Firm rivals Celtic face Milan in a UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday and have already played Benfica and Manchester United this season.
But Murray believes the quality of teams that they have faced in the Uefa Cup this term has been high with Rangers making it to this stage after beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 5-2 on aggregate in a highly charged clash, which saw goalkeeper Allan McGregor red carded in the second leg at Ibrox.
"It has been berated a little bit, the competition, due to the Champions League successes," said the defender.
"But if you look at the squads that are in the cup stillÇª you've got Bordeaux there, who I think finished third in their (Champions League) group; Ajax as well.
"Obviously there are some great teams still in it - you've still got Espanyol, Sevilla, Werder Bremen - so it's a good competition still. It's not taken lightly."
McGregor will miss the Osasuna match after picking up a two-match ban for Uefa matches following his dismissal.
But 35-year-old German keeper Stefan Klos, who is due to retire this summer, will step into his place.
"It was disappointing but we've got good back-up," Murray added on Rangers World.
"Stefan can come in if he has to. I think he's still an exceptional shot-stopper so there's no qualms about Stefan playing."