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Smith backing for McCoist

Rangers still facing issues over player contracts

Last Updated: 03/08/12 1:55pm

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Walter Smith is confident Ally McCoist is the right man to lead newco Rangers back to the Scottish Premier League.

The top-flight season gets under way on Saturday but there will be no Old Firm derbies between Rangers and Celtic, as the Ibrox club will not be present after being liquidated and relegated to the third division.

It has been a stressful time for all associated with Rangers, who are now under the ownership of Charles Green, but former Scotland striker McCoist has remained committed.

And his predecessor, Smith, believes the club could not have a better person in charge as they begin a long route back towards the SPL.

Wide open

"He has been firm since all this trouble has come up," Smith told Sky Sports News.

"He has had to handle a lot of things that I do not think we would ever have thought he would have had to interact with.

"But he is the right man for the job. He is the right man to take Rangers back to the Premier division."

There are still issues facing Rangers and they could be stripped of previous titles if found guilty of breaking League rules with player contracts.

Smith, who won 10 SPL title in two spells with the club, said: "Rangers have never hidden this aspect of it. It has been wide open for many years."

Walter Smith was speaking as Ladbrokes staged this season's Only Old Firm Derby. Ladbrokes' Old Firm coupon is now available in shops

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