Walter Smith: Rangers win against Leeds was best of my career
By Will Butcher
Walter Smith has claimed that his best win as Rangers manager was against Leeds back in 1992 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
Leeds began the 1992-93 season as First Division champions and were expected to qualify against Scottish giants Rangers, even after the Yorkshire giants’ 2-1 defeat at Ibrox.
However, Ally McCoist and Mark Hateley goals proved too much for Leeds at Elland Road, who replied with a solitary Eric Cantona goal, allowing Rangers to progress 4-2 on aggregate.
Smith, who was manager of the Gers for seven years in his first spell at the club between 1991 and 1998, claimed it was a “terrific achievement” to beat Leeds after their prior successes.
“As manager of Rangers I think the 2-1 win over a fantastic Leeds United side, who were the English champions, at Elland Road,” Smith told Rangers’ official website.
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“To qualify for the Champions League group stages in 1992/93 certainly sticks out as one of the best results from my career.”
“They hadn’t lost a game at home for a couple of years so for us to go there and put in such a great performance, like we did at Ibrox to win 2-1, was a terrific achievement.”
The 1992-93 season proved to be a huge success under Smith. The Gers completed the treble, and the fifth league title of their nine successive Scottish Premiership triumphs.
As well as winning the league, Smith masterminded Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup final wins over Aberdeen on both occasions.
Ally McCoist went on to score a mind-blowing 49 goals in 52 appearances, but the Gers were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage by Marseille who went on to win the competition.
Current manager Pedro Caixinha will be hoping for a repeat of such form on Saturday, as the 54-time Scottish champions play host to Motherwell at Ibrox.
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