Naismith guarding against Rangers elation

Steven Naismith was left with "a great feeling" after hitting the winner for Rangers FC against Group C rivals Bursaspor but he insisted that the Scottish champions will not get carried away.

Rangers have four points from their first two Group C outings
Rangers have four points from their first two Group C outings ©Getty Images

Steven Naismith insists Rangers FC will take nothing for granted despite earning an impressive four points from their opening two Group C fixtures thanks to Wednesday's 1-0 victory against Bursaspor.

The 24-year-old flicked in the winning goal against the UEFA Champions League debutants with 18 minutes gone and was delighted with a performance that lifted the Scottish champions alongside Manchester United FC at the section's summit. "It was a great result," Naismith told UEFA.com. "The priority for me was obviously to win and, secondly, to score a goal. I managed both tonight so it is a great feeling."

Rangers again deployed a disciplined 4-5-1 formation and Naismith is adamant there is sufficient cause to maintain a stringent approach. "The manager is not going to go gung-ho against Manchester United or Valencia, so we need to have a disciplined performance. But I felt that, tonight, we got forward at any opportunity. We created the most chances and could have won it more comfortably than we did.

"The formation we play definitely requires a lot of hard work, and the last two games have shown everyone is willing to do that. But we will not get carried away because we know how the Champions League works. The next game is against Valencia which will be very tough, but I hope we can have another good night."

Meanwhile, UEFA.com Player Rater winner Madjid Bougherra was delighted with his first UEFA Champions League victory in a Rangers jersey. He said: "It is a good thing because we now have four points from the first two matches, but it is not finished. We must try to win at home and then we have a good chance of qualifying for the next round."

As for Bursaspor, they now face a mountainous task to turn their fortunes around following back-to-back defeats. Midfielder Gustav Svensson believes the Turkish side were unfortunate not to have at least secured a draw in Glasgow, however. "I am not disappointed with our performance but with the score," said the Swedish international. "We tried to play football and with a little bit of luck we could have scored and gone away with a better result."

"It is harder now for us to qualify because we have to take points from Manchester United to still have a chance, but there is a long way to go with many more matches still to play. We knew Rangers would play well and I know they are a good football team. Everything happened the way we thought it was going to happen, but in the end we unfortunately did not get the result we wanted. I expected a good atmosphere in Glasgow, but that's something we cannot complain about."

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