Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Ayr United

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 19:45

Scots One

Last Game

Stenh'muir 0 - 4 Rangers

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Scots One

Smith holds Rangers optimism

Rangers chairman Walter Smith is optimistic that the club will continue moving forward again this season.

Last Updated: 18/07/13 at 11:26 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Scottish League Cup. Click here to bet.

Walter Smith: Confident ahead of Scottish second division campaign

Walter Smith: Confident ahead of Scottish second division campaign

The Scottish third division champions are in Marienfeld, Germany, on their pre-season tour and the former Ibrox boss was pleased with what he witnessed.

Smith replaced Malcolm Murray in May as chairman in what was regarded as a move to bring some stability to the club which re-emerged in the lowest division in Scotland last year following their descent into administration and then liquidation.

The former Gers manager watched the 1-0 victory against fifth-tier German outfit FC Gutersloh at the Heidewaldstadion before flying back to Glasgow and told the club's website: "Firstly, it's just good that they've got a team at this stage this summer.

"When you look back to last year, there wasn't one to put together for a while. They were struggling to get a side out on the pitch back then and things are obviously different now.

"I would hope the foundations have been laid for the club to push and get back into the top flight in the long run.

"There's a definite difference in the whole attitude this season in comparison to last. We'll see a difference on the field this season.

"No Rangers manager has ever had to encounter what Alistair (McCoist) had to put up with last season. It was a very difficult one where we just had to get the team through it.

"There was a circumstance where, because of the expectations at the club, there was a little bit of frustration at the standard of play and that's understandable.

"What should also be understood is it was never going to be a season where there was going to be a great onus on performance.

"The team just had to get through it and achieve what they had to which was promotion. They did that and now we can see the formation of a more Rangers-like team.

"We're trying to lay foundations for future campaigns and we have started to do that. The coaching staff are far, far happier with preparations."

Bet with SkyBet  Scottish League Cup. Click here to bet.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' officials after loss to Sunderland

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland.

Premier League: Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge

Fabio Borini scored a late penalty as Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to dent the Blues' title hopes.

Cardiff held, Swans win late

Cardiff's hopes of Premier League survival suffered a blow as they drew 1-1 with Stoke, while Swansea grabbed a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property