Smith admits it is a weird feeling to wake up not as Rangers boss
Walter Smith has admitted the weird feeling he had when he woke up on Monday morning as the 'old' Rangers manager. The 63-year old ended his second tenure at Ibrox with a 10th Scottish Premier League trophy on Sunday, stepping aside for his assistant Ally McCoist to lead in the new era.
But Smith didn't think it would feel so weird to wake u and not be manager of the Glasgow giants.
"It's quite odd waking up and not being manager of Rangers, but it's happened to me before," Smith told SunSport.
"When you're 63 you've had a lot more years when you're not the manager of Rangers than you have had being the manager.
"But I suppose it is a strange circumstance.
"I just feel it's the correct thing for everybody, not just me. It's a decision which has been made and Rangers will go on.
"Everybody keeps saying to me, 'what are you going to do?', but I don't know.
"If I was wanting to stay in football then I would have stayed here. I would have had no intention of going anywhere else."
Smith did reveal that he will not be back at Ibrox in any other role or work again in football for the time being.
"But I'm leaving to do what a lot of people my age do, hopefully enjoy myself a wee bit," he added.
"And I won't be back at the club in any role.
"I'll never be a director of football, I've made that quite clear.
"Someone once suggested I'd come back as the performance director of the SFA, but there was absolutely no chance of that either.
"One reason why I won't be back at Rangers is that I won't be sitting there looking at lads I worked with.
"But I'll go to watch Rangers as a fan. It's not right for me to be hanging around the club when there is new people there.
"I'll be buying season tickets - four of them actually - and if I can, I will buy a couple of tickets for the members' suite. So I will be investing in the team."