Blue Toon stopper Graeme Smith says cup final scoreline was harsh on Peterhead

10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Graeme Smith with his sons.
10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Graeme Smith with his sons.

Rangers’ 4-0 victory over Peterhead in the Petrofac Training Cup final was a bit unfair on the League One side, according to Graeme Smith.

Smith said there was no doubt Rangers were very worthy winners of the final at a packed Hampden Park after Peterhead failed to stamp themselves onto the fixture.

But he still felt the team were a bit hard done by by the wide margin of defeat, saying that a second half goal could have changed the game completely.

Smith said: “I personally think 4-0 was harsh on the boys, we kept them at bay.

“If we’d got a goal early second half it’s a different game but as it goes on they want to push on and put on a show for their fans.

“I’ve not had a lot of saves to make like the game at the start of the season at Ibrox.

“But Rangers were well worthy of their win, they’re going very well right now and they’ll enjoy it.

“We just didn’t impose ourselves on the game as we know we can. It was disappointing, they’re a top team but when we’re making the wrong decisions or not going into tackles, that’s not good enough. But that separates the good teams from the best.

“Nobody can say we didn’t put the effort in, the quality wasn’t there sometimes but I can assure you, to a man, we put the effort in.

“I thought in the first half we kind of showed Rangers a bit too much respect. Five minutes to go they scored their second which is kind of a sucker punch to us, it’s a blow to the belly.

“But even down two it wasn’t enough, we came out second half and had a bit more of a go.

“We were certainly threatening more but they were threatening as well, and to lose the last two goals in 10 minutes was a wee bit disappointing. The boys were dead on their feet and carrying knocks and things.

“We’re disappointed with the first half performance but overall, we can’t have many complaints. They were first to the ball and they used it better.

“We’ll lick our wounds and go for the play-offs because if we perform to the standards we’re used to, we’ll do well.”