Naismith support for Darcheville
Steven Naismith insists Jean-Claude Darcheville is not being blamed for Rangers' Champions League exit.
Last Updated: 13/12/07 10:58am
Steven Naismith insists the Rangers players are not blaming Jean-Claude Darcheville for the team's UEFA Champions League exit.
Rangers required just a point at home to Lyon to progress to the last 16, but were crushed 3-0 by the French champions.
With 10 minutes left, and with the Gers trailing 1-0, substitute Darcheville had a golden chance to equalise, but hit the top of the crossbar from close range.
The French striker accepts he should have scored, but team-mate Naismith says the squad are 'right behind' the summer signing.
Naismith said: "Darch's miss would have changed everything, but that's football.
"Some will say it was a bad miss, but we are right behind him. We win as a team and lose as a team. Nobody is pointing fingers at him."
Karim Benzema went on to score twice in the final five minutes and Rangers defender Sasa Papac had no complaints with the outcome.
"Lyon were better and it was a fair result," said Papac.
"I don't know why we were so flat, maybe the pressure."