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Murray only wants best for Rangers says ex-boss Smith

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith insists that Blue Knights leader Paul Murray only has the clubs best interests at heart.

The ex-Ibrox director is putting together a proposal with the backing of a consortium of businessmen in a bid to get 'Gers out of financial difficulty and Smith, who met Murray during his second spell as boss, believes he is the right man to get the Glasgow giants out of the dark hole they find themselves in.

"When I came back to Rangers five years ago the makeup of the board had changed completely from what it was during my previous stint as manager," he told Record Sport.

"That was the first time I met Paul Murray. I think he had been on the board for a couple of years by then.

"Throughout the four-and-a-half years that I was there I was always really impressed by the way he handled himself at the board meetings. What came across more than anything else was that everything he did was for the good of Rangers Football Club.

"He was really interested in what was going on at Murray Park, with the youth set up and all the background stuff involving the team. It was always all about what was in the best interest of Rangers.

"Paul has consistently stated that he would like to be involved in buying the club. Unfortunately he lost out the last time.

"But his determination to help the club is coming through again. If you are looking at somebody stepping in to sort this out, I don't think anyone could question both Paul's own integrity and the fact that he is without a doubt a big Rangers supporter.

"He will only do what he believes to be best for the club. That's the biggest thing the fans should know."

Smith added: "All Paul is doing is what he thinks is best for the club at this time. But I can tell you this about him, if the likes of Roman Abramovich came in to buy the club then Paul would willingly step aside.

"With the circumstances the club is in right now, that's maybe the biggest plus about Paul - he has Rangers Football Club at heart and that's the only reason he is involved in trying to buy the club at the moment. The initiative that he is bringing to the table will only be for the good of the club."

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