Rangers boss Ally McCoist unsure if Walter Smith will take up offer of new role

Ally McCoist and Walter Smith: The current Rangers boss says the door is always open to his predecessor

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Ally McCoist would welcome Walter Smith back to Ibrox if the former Rangers manager took up an offer of a new role at the club.

Smith stepped down as Rangers manager in May 2011, but was part of a consortium that made a bid for the club a year later.

Chief executive Charles Green would like to see Smith take a position on the board at the newco Rangers, but McCoist is unsure if his former boss will accept any offer.

"It's a no-brainer if you can get someone of Walter's respect and history and everything that he has brought to our football club, and indeed Scottish football," said McCoist.

"But he has not listened to me for a number of years, never listened to me, and I don't suppose he will now.

"I speak to Walter on a very regular basis. But I think the one thing Walter has earned is the time and the opportunity to do what he is doing at the moment, whether that's spend more time with the grandkids and Ethel, and maybe golf or going on holiday. I don't think anyone can grudge him that.

"But I assume Walter knows the door of this football club is absolutely open to him.

"It would be a no-brainer for me, the club and certainly for Charles and I think it would be a no-brainer for the support but I don't think he deserves to be put under any pressure."