Rangers chief sure there'll be no repeat of Manchester hooliganism

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain believes there will be no repeat of the trouble that marred the 2008 UEFA Cup final in Manchester when Walter Smith's side travel to play Manchester United in the Champions League on 14 September.

The Light Blues were drawn together in Group C with United, Spanish side Valencia and Turkey's Bursaspor at yesterday's draw in Monaco. There was no fan trouble when the Red Devils hosted Rangers at the same stage in 2003-04 with Sir Alex Ferguson's side winning 3-0 at home, following a 1-0 win at Ibrox. However, a minority of the Gers fans who travelled to Manchester two years ago for the UEFA Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg, which the Govan side lost 2-0, infamously clashed with police during and after the game.

Bain said: "I would say the circumstances (in 2008] were totally different. The true Rangers supporters did not like those scenes and I am absolutely convinced they will go down to Manchester to prove a point that they are a great set of supporters. We have the right security people to make sure that things go accordingly."