Rangers bitter over past

Former Rangers boss Walter Smith

Walter Smith won the Scottish Premiership title 10 times as Rangers manager

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith believes a sense of bitterness about the way the club was treated remains as they gear up for Premiership football.

Smith maintains there was “no reason” for Rangers to have to re-enter the league in the lowest tier.

“It’ll be a motivation for Rangers. It would certainly be a motivation for me,” said Smith.

He also believes the Ibrox board “have to find a way” to back manager Mark Warburton to compete in the top flight.

With the club mired in debt, Rangers entered administration and then liquidation in 2012 and had to re-enter the Scottish football pyramid in the fourth tier.

Smith feels Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic will not be an accurate gauge of how Rangers will fare next season and accepts Celtic are “the favoured team”.

However, the former Rangers boss believes Warburton’s men go into the tie in a “far more optimistic frame of mind than last season”.

More to follow.

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