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SMITH POST FALKIRK: We didn't play as well as we can but our possession of the ball was very good & I'm happy we won. Miller was excellent & took his goals well. Source: Official text

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But Smith is keen to see the ex-Wolves hitman build on that and rack up a bigger tally this term.

He said: "Kenny was excellent throughout. He scored two good goals, set up Stevie Naismith and had a couple of misses too that denied him his hat-trick.

"He played very well for us today as he has been doing throughout the pre-season.

"He is very lively and if you get the ball through to him then he can cause problems.

"After a season of settling in with us I'm hoping that this season he can get up there among the top scorers in the country."

Smith was pleased to win on the first day of the new campaign, although he is looking for his men to sharpen up in the weeks to come.

Despite their clear winning margin, Rangers weren't as convincing as the final scoreline suggests and they still have a bit of work to do before they hit top form.

Lee McCulloch got the opener and Steven Naismith the clincher on an afternoon when the league champions might have scored more.

Smith added: "It was a good win for us and we are really pleased to start with a win like that.

"It was a great strike from Lee McCulloch that got us going. We hadn't really opened them up in the early part of the game so it was great that he scored.

"It was a strange game in many ways because in the first half of the game we were a bit scrappy and in the early part of the second half Falkirk started better than we did.

"I was delighted when Kenny scored our third goal because it took the wind out of their sails a bit.

"We went on to score another one and we might have had more but our play overall was not as good as it might have been.

"We had been playing quite consistently in terms of possession in the pre-season matches but we didn't have that today."

http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/He...1756101,00.html

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Not heard any interviews but did he give an explination of why he choose shagger over alexander?

In the interview with El Chico he was asked about it, but didn't give an actual explanation. He just mumbled on a bit about it being a really difficult & tough decision to make. Hard to read into it, but imo the smart money is on McGregor being in the shop window, as we might not be able to strengthen the squad unless we sell another prize asset.

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By Kenny MacDonald, 15/08/2009

WALTER SMITH: I WAS delighted to win but it was a strange game in some ways.

There wasn't much smoothness and in terms of the consistency of our play we weren't at our best.

We started reasonably well but we were patchy in possession. We scored a terrific goal, then Falkirk scored a terrific goal as well.

Falkirk were the better side at the start of the second-half and we were very pleased to see Kenny Miller score the third goal for us.

He was excellent for us today and could have gone on to score a hat-trick.

We needed that third goal at that stage in the game. After the fourth goal we could have added more but overall we were scrappy in our use of the ball, especially in the first half.

We had a good pass in the first minute when John Fleck set up Steven Smith and we should have had more of that.

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/scottish/s...k-at-Ibrox.html

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But Smith is keen to see the ex-Wolves hitman build on that and rack up a bigger tally this term.

He said: "Kenny was excellent throughout. He scored two good goals, set up Stevie Naismith and had a couple of misses too that denied him his hat-trick.

"He played very well for us today as he has been doing throughout the pre-season.

"He is very lively and if you get the ball through to him then he can cause problems.

"After a season of settling in with us I'm hoping that this season he can get up there among the top scorers in the country."

Smith was pleased to win on the first day of the new campaign, although he is looking for his men to sharpen up in the weeks to come.

Despite their clear winning margin, Rangers weren't as convincing as the final scoreline suggests and they still have a bit of work to do before they hit top form.

Lee McCulloch got the opener and Steven Naismith the clincher on an afternoon when the league champions might have scored more.

Smith added: "It was a good win for us and we are really pleased to start with a win like that.

"It was a great strike from Lee McCulloch that got us going. We hadn't really opened them up in the early part of the game so it was great that he scored.

"It was a strange game in many ways because in the first half of the game we were a bit scrappy and in the early part of the second half Falkirk started better than we did.

"I was delighted when Kenny scored our third goal because it took the wind out of their sails a bit.

"We went on to score another one and we might have had more but our play overall was not as good as it might have been.

"We had been playing quite consistently in terms of possession in the pre-season matches but we didn't have that today."

http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/He...1756101,00.html

This contradicts your first post Boab.

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