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I'm proud to look back at my record now says ex-Rangers boss Walter Smith

Outgoing Rangers manager Walter Smith insists he is now feeling a sense of pride as he looks back on his career with the club. The 63-year old steps out of Scottish football with a phenomenal trophy-winning record that has seen him capture 10 Scottish league titles, 6 League Cups and 5 Scottish Cups in two spells at Ibrox.

Smith admits that during his tenure he simply wanted to continue winning and now he has finished he can only look back with pride.

"You take a pride in your job and a pride in winning and helping the team win - but one thing that drives you on is to continue winning," Smith said.

"I think pride comes now, looking back over a career as a whole.

"At that stage you said to yourself, 'Oh, that's great, thank goodness we've got that one out the way and on we go.'

"In the end, it's not all about managers anyway, it's about the team.

"I keep preaching that to all the teams I've had - it's about the team - it's about us winning.

"It's not about a boss standing up accepting plaudits, they only last till the first game of the next season then you've got to go and do it again."

And Smith explained the reasons he returned to Rangers in 2007 after his initial spell between 1991 and 1998.

"I was just going about my job as Scotland manager and I got a call from Sir David Murray asking if I would be interested in coming back to Rangers again," he added.

"It was right out the blue. I would not have left the national team job for any other job, but to come back to Rangers again was something I felt that I couldn't turn down."

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Andrew Slevison
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