"It has been apparent at Rangers since the first game of the season, we were booed off at half-time against FK Zeta," said Smith.
"So if that is the way that people want to support the club, then fine, it's not our choice. It is a disappointing factor in the sense that, away from home, we get terrific backing, but come the home games; right from the very start of games, there seems to be dissatisfaction.
"I can't do a great deal about it. In my own case, there is a bit of bewilderment, but look at Gordon Strachan - there seems to be dissatisfaction there as well. Maybe it is the modern supporter's view of football, I don't know."
In what will be regarded as a warning from the manager towards supporters, Smith even openly contemplated the consequences if such discord remained apparent.
"It is difficult," he added. "When you are doing really well in a game that is not really the time that you need the support. It's when you're not doing well that you need the backing. From a managerial point of view, it just happens - whether you understand it or not is another thing. Invariably, if a manager brings this subject up, there is an outcry that you should be doing better, or whatever.
"At the end of the day, if there are a lot of dissatisfied supporters, then only one thing happens - a manager normally leaves. And we seem to have a lot of dissatisfied supporters at the present moment."