Walter Smith Delighted With Rangers Comeback Against Aberdeen

Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee left to rue his side's collapse...
Rangers continued their great start to the season with a fantastic victory at Pittodrie coming from two behind to win 3-2 against Aberdeen.

Aberdeen had stormed to a 2-0 lead but a brace from Kenny Miller and a goal from Nikica Jelavic ensured the excellent comeback.

It was first time Rangers had won at Pittodrie since December 2006 when Paul Le Guen was in charge and managed the side to a 2-1 victory.

Walter Smith had yet to get three points at Aberdeen since his return to Ibrox but played down the idea that it meant any more than the last victory three years and a half years ago.

"You just want to win matches. Aberdeen seem to take great pleasure in saying that the only team they want to beat is Rangers,’’ Smith said.

"I'm not like that; I prefer my team to try to beat everybody we play.

"When you come to Pittodrie an innocuous foul for either team is treated like a crime against
humanity. It is a very difficult situation for the referee to handle.

"What most pleased me was the character that the team showed to come back from going two goals behind."

However, despite the 3-2 victory, Smith admitted it was a blow to lose Steven Davis, after he picked up a hamstring injury and could miss the Champions League clash with Turkish Champions Bursaspor in midweek.

‘"Steven Davis has a slight hamstring injury and going by experience you would have to put him in the doubtful category.

"It would be a blow if we were to lose Steven as I feel he is just coming into our season now and today was the best he has played this season.

"Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker both took knocks to the head but they should be okay."

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee was not so positive about the result however, and was left to rue his team’s inability to hold on their precious 2-0 lead. He was particularly annoyed with Jerel Ifil who unceremoniously brought down Rangers player Vladimir Weiss in the box four minutes after the Dons went two goals to the good.

"I'm hugely disappointed with the result. We conspired against ourselves for each of Rangers' goals,'' he said.

"It is always a danger if you go to ground in the box against a player who is as quick as he is so that it will result in a penalty. It is naive and irresponsible. The defeat was as much down to our own doing as it was Rangers' good work."

However, he did feel sorry for Chris Maguire who received his marching orders a few minutes before time for a second bookable offence.

"He worked really hard and he was tired when he made the challenge. He tried to chase back and win a tackle but it was a free kick so the referee has the right to send him off. I thought it was harsh."

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