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Oct 17, 2009

Weir disappointed by Gers performance, despite win

Rangers captain David Weir admitted the performance was ''not great'' but the result was ideal for the Scottish champions as they won 2-1 at St Johnstone.

Goals from Kris Boyd and Sasa Papac helped Rangers battle back after conceding an early goal to Saints striker Collin Samuel. Weir admitted the way Rangers began the game was frustrating.

Reflecting on the display, he told ESPN: ''(It was) not great to be honest. Maybe as the game went on we got a bit better. We need to start a bit better and a bit brighter. But this is going to be a tough place to come for all the teams.''

Weir said: ''You've got to give St Johnstone credit, especially in the first half they played really well and put us on the back foot. They've stepped up a division and they showed they're capable.''

Manager Walter Smith was delighted to see Rangers follow up their victory over Celtic last time out with a valuable away win. He gave a similar match verdict to Weir, saying: ''We're obviously pleased to have fought back and won the game. It's the type of game I fully expected to get.''

Smith recognised that St Johnstone used their tall players to good effect, but said: ''They played some good football as well, and having the extra man in midfield helps them in that respect. Over the piece we're just delighted to get the win.

''I'm happy today that after winning our previous Old Firm game at Ibrox we've managed to win away from home.''

When quizzed about Madjid Bougherra's absence, Smith insisted he was just as baffled by the situation.

''I haven't spoken to him,'' he said. ''He didn't arrive back until late last night so I will speak to him tomorrow and I will be able to update you. Actually, I would be quite pleased if I could update myself. I will have to find out what his problem is. He may be ill, I don't know. It's a strange one for us because normally you are able to phone people up.''

Asked if having players go AWOL ahead of matches was frustrating for him as a manager, Smith replied: ''It's a little bit of a problem, isn't it?''

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes, a former Rangers player, believed his side deserved more from the match.

He said: ''It's a difficult one to take. I thought we went toe to toe with them and we were the better side for long spells in the game. We're learning as we go along. The two goals were too soft at this level.''

McInnes knew Rangers would not let St Johnstone have it easy after gaining the lead.

''Rangers will keep believing, they're used to winning,'' he said. ''I do think we had better chances throughout the game but it's taking those chances that changes the face of the game. I thought we carried a threat throughout the game and worked very hard. I thought a point was the least we deserved but you don't always get what you deserve.''

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