Walter Smith explains his conflicting emotions over Stuart McCall's arrival at Ibrox

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Rangers legend Walter Smith is caught in two minds over Stuart McCall's appointment.

Rangers legend Walter Smith has told the Daily Record that he has conflicting emotions over Stuart McCall's arrival as the club's new manager.

Smith, 67, is a highly revered figure at Ibrox having won a total of ten league titles over two spells with the club, before leaving in 2011.

Smith was then replaced by his assistant Ally McCoist, but he was faced with a tough task after the club's demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

McCoist did lead Rangers to back-to-back promotions in 2013 and 2014, but resigned in December 2014 after another spate of financial difficulties at Ibrox.

It was sad to see a club legend leave Rangers, but after Kenny McDowall's interim stay as manager, Rangers moved to bring in another former player in Stuart McCall.

So far, McCall has lost just once as Rangers boss, winning five of his nine games in charge as Rangers edge closer to clinching second spot in the Scottish Championship - and therefore a beneficial route in the play-offs as they look to return to the Premiership.

There is a feel-good factor returning to Rangers under McCall, but Smith - who managed McCall at Ibrox - has told the Daily Record that he is torn because whilst McCall is doing a great job, it has come at the expense of McCoist and McDowall, who were on his coaching staff at Rangers.

"I'm not happy to see it because it cost friends of mine their job," said Smith. "But that happens in football and when other people take over I am obviously pleased to see Stuart take over and I hope he does really well."

"He has been brave enough to take the job until the end of the season. If he gets promotion, he will put himself in a very good position to get the job on a more permanent basis."

"He has gone in there and got a reaction. That happens in football. It has happened to me and a whole load of other managers, when you leave and someone else comes in, they get a reaction. Performances have been brighter and hopefully he will keep that going until the end of the season," he added.

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