Junior’s perfect Ibrox record on the line

Chris Smith is looking forward to his Ibrox return
Chris Smith is looking forward to his Ibrox return

Chris Smith is an Ibrox veteran among Falkirk’s rookies.

The defender is the only Bairns star expected to play tonight with any experience of playing at Rangers’ home.

However, that was only in a reserve game in front of a few hundred fans when Smith was a Murray Park prospect, and he’s expecting a very different atmosphere for tonight’s Communities League Cup tie.

“There’s no better place to prove yourself than the big stage like Ibrox. I only played one youth game there – we won against Dundee United.”

With Darren Dods a doubt, Junior is likely to slot into Falkirk’s defence beside Jonny Flynn. He got that name back when he played for Rangers alongside the man he’ll face tonight – Andy Little.

“They thought I looked like John Brown who was head of youth. Someone called me Junior and it stuck. Hopefully, if I can have the career he had I will have done not bad for myself.

“I played with Andy, and as the seasons have gone on he has got a lot better and has started to get his rewards.

“Rangers have had a couple of shaky performances away from home and I don’t think it’s what they expected.

“But at Ibrox it’s a totally different ball game where there is millions of space and the pitch is always perfect.

“If you don’t look forward to these games you should not really be playing. To be a footballer you have to handle the pressure in front of 30-40,000 people

“The first 10-15 minutes are really crucial. If we go out and start decent we give ourselves a chance. I have a 100 per cent record there, and hopefully, it will continue!”