Smith had the option of staying at Rangers, where he was offered another role in conjunction with the new head coach, Dick Advocaat. However, Smith - who guided the Glasgow club to seven consecutive league titles and six domestic cups - chose to return to management and has already lined up moves for free agent Andy Goram and his former assistant, Archie Knox.
The Rangers vice-chairman, Donald Findlay, yesterday admitted that he was not surprised at Wednesday's interest in Smith. He said: "I haven't spoken to Walter for a while because he has been away in France at the World Cup, but there is a job here for him and as things stand. But if he wanted to go somewhere else, we would respect that. It is entirely his decision."Reuse content