Smith wary of Unirea
Gers boss not underestimating Euro minnows
Last Updated: October 19, 2009 1:37pm
Smith: Expecting tough tie
Rangers manager Walter Smith is expecting a tricky UEFA Champions League clash against Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox.
The Romanian minnows arrive in Glasgow as somewhat of an unknown quantity despite winning their league title last season.
However, Smith is refusing to underestimate Dan Petrescu's side, stating they will be a tough nut to crack despite their domestic form.
Unirea lost on home soil to Vaslui at the weekend and Smith believes the Romanians could now prioritise the Champions League.
"They've played a number of different formations in the times we've had them watched," he told Sky Sports News.
"It'll depend how they look at the game, or both games against us, as to what kind of formation they'll use.
"Overall they've obviously shown to be a good side over the last period. It's not often smaller clubs can defeat the bigger clubs in their country.
"Unirea have done that, so obviously they are a good team. If we'd have been drawn against Steaua Bucharest for instance we'd have imagined we've had got an extremely tough task.
"Unirea have beaten them to the championship last season. I think if anything this season despite maybe the league form not being the best, they will put an emphasis on the Champions League and I think that makes them very dangerous from our point of view."
Meanwhile, Smith has confirmed Madjid Bougherra will be available for the Ibrox clash on Tuesday after being dropped against St Johnstone.
The French-born Algeria international returned to Glasgow late after having his passport stolen, something Smith has already accepted.
"He's back in the squad. I spoke to him," he continued. "I accepted his explanation as to the problem he had and he's back in our squad.
"We're pleased he's back in the squad. We hadn't envisaged the problem he had coming back from Algeria last week.
"That's finished with now and we're just looking forward to getting him back on the pitch."