Rangers boss Smith fearing hectic schedule due to backlog of fixtures

Walter SMITH is concerned the adverse weather could impact on Rangers' season by creating a backlog of fixtures.

Rangers claimed a 1-1 Champions League draw with Bursaspor in Turkey on Tuesday in their first match since November 24 following the postponements of SPL games with Dundee United and Hearts.

With SPL leaders Rangers now entering the Europa League and in action in both domestic cup competitions, Smith is worried about the hectic schedule which awaits as a result of the rearranged games.

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"We want to be getting games under our belts and we want to be playing again," he said on the club's official website, www.rangers.co.uk. "Our game with Bursaspor was our first in nearly two weeks and, while not having matches has given us an opportunity to freshen up, we want to get back to action now. The break has allowed for some players who weren't fit to get closer to a return and that has obviously been good. But I would still rather we were playing than missing out because the last thing we want or need is a backlog of fixtures."