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Gers' McGregor goes on defensive

Allan McGregor claims Rangers are in a no-win situation in Europe after their goalless draw at Old Trafford sparked criticism of their tactics.

Rangers manager Walter Smith employed a 5-4-1 formation to secure a point against Manchester United in their Champions League encounter.

McGregor barely had a save to make as Smith employed an even more defensive formation than the tactics that helped them to the UEFA Cup final in 2008. Rangers perhaps face a greater challenge at home to Bursaspor tomorrow as the onus will be on them to attack the Turks.

But Smith is unlikely to take many risks after his side lost 10 goals in three Ibrox defeats in the competition last season. And McGregor will make no apology if his team-mates succeed without entertaining.

"I know our team has had a bit of criticism, but to go away to Manchester United and get a draw is great for the club," he said. "You can't win with some folk. If punters want to moan about it, we're not bothered."

With Nikica Jelavic ineligible and James Beattie ruled out, Rangers will again rely on Kenny Miller up front.

Miller has netted 10 times in six league games this season and former Rangers striker Kevin Drinkell believes he can continue his unprecedented goalscoring streak in Europe despite playing up front on his own.

"He has responded to that role," Drinkell said. "If there are chances, Kenny is going to be the one in there."


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