Ally: I’d give Walt a warm wel­come

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 - By AN­GUS REID

ALLY McCOIST says he would warmly wel­come Wal­ter Smith back to Ibrox – but he won’t be push­ing his men­tor to take up Charles Green’s of­fer of a role at the club.

Green has held talks with the two-time for­mer Rangers boss and of­fered him a po­si­tion as a di­rec­tor or ad­vi­sor.

The 64-year-old re­tired in May 2011 but has kept in close contact with McCoist as his suc­ces­sor presided over a tur­bu­lent pe­riod that saw Gers con­signed to liq­ui­da­tion and the club re­launched in the Third Division.

McCoist said: “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.

Golf

“But he hasn’t lis­tened to me for a num­ber of years.

“He’s never lis­tened to me, and I don’t sup­pose he’ll start now!

“I speak to Wal­ter on a very reg­u­lar ba­sis, but I think the one thing he 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 be­grudge 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.

“I think it would be a no-brainer for the sup­port too – but I don’t think he de­serves to be put un­der any pres­sure.”

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