Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Glory Is within Range

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Glory Is within Range

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RANGERS manager Walter Smith has urged his players to seize a place in the UEFA Cup semi-finals after warning they may not have many more chances in their careers.

Rangers have never reached the last four of the tournament, but a surprisingly fruitful run this season means they are just 90 minutes away from doing just that.

A win - or even a score draw - against Sporting Lisbon tonight would set up a meeting with either Fiorentina or PSV Eindhoven.

However, Smith has been in the game long enough to know such adventures do not come around often.

He said: "The young players we have must realise it is not very often you have an opportunity to reach a semifinal of a major European competition.

"For us, this is a big opportunity. It is something which does not come around very often.

"This is a real chance for us and we have to do all we can to seize it.

"What would it mean to me personally to reach the semifinals?

Well, it would be a bit of a surprise! …

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