Rangers boss Smith admits this time it is his decision

Departing Rangers manager Walter Smith has revealed that the decision to walk away from the club was purely his and his alone.

The veteran ‘Gers boss will oversee his final game at Ibrox tonight when the Glasgow giants host Dundee United and admits he would love a victory to mark the occasion.

However, he does feel that getting three points for the title race is more important but insists he will not be emotional as this time he is leaving on good terms unlike when he was sacked back in 1998.

“It’s my last game at Ibrox but that’s not as important as the team going on to win the league. In fact, I don’t think it’s very important, at all,” he said.

“For me, it will be important but I don’t think it’s important to anybody else. There will be a tinge of regret but it is a decision I made myself so I have to handle that. But it’s not important in the overall aspect.

“What is important is that our good run continues. We are on a decent run of form. We have been playing as well as at any stage of the season.

“I won’t be sentimental about it. Obviously, with some decisions you make there is a tinge of regret but you do it and that’s it. Overall, I have enjoyed what I have done but I’m stepping away from it. There is that element of it, but it’s not a big thing.

“After leaving in 1998, I didn’t think I would be back at Rangers. If you get one opportunity you are lucky. If you get two, well . . . you try and make the most of the second one. This is my decision to go. It wasn’t my decision alone to leave in 1998: Sir David [Murray] always sacks you quite nicely! This time it was my decision. It has been made by me and I go into my last game hoping we are going to win it to keep our run going.

“That’s the most important part.”

 
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