His knowledge is invaluable: Ian Durrant urges Rangers to bring Walter Smith back to Ibrox

Rangers first team coach Ian Durrant

Ian Durrant wants to see Rangers bring Walter Smith back to Ibrox.

Former Rangers midfielder and coach Ian Durrant has told The Scottish Sun that he wants to see the club create a role for former manager Walter Smith.

The Gers have undergone a major overhaul this summer, as manager Pedro Caixinha has brought in nine new signings, including Bruno Alves, Graham Dorrans, Carlos Pena and Alfredo Morelos.

Rangers first team coach Ian DurrantFormer Rangers first team coach Ian Durrant

However, the revolution at Ibrox hasn't got off to the best of starts, as Rangers remarkably crashed out of the Europa League qualifying rounds with an embarrassing defeat to Luxembourg's Progres Niederkorn.

Rangers head into the new season needing to close the gap to champions Celtic having finished a staggering 39 points behind their Old Firm rivals last season, and confidence is low after that defeat to Progres.

Some fans and pundits are already concerned that manager Caixinha – appointed back in March as a replacement for Mark Warburton – is out of his depth in the Ibrox dugout, but he ultimately needs time to get things right.

Caixinha arrived with a Portuguese coaching staff but did appoint one former Rangers player, Jonatan Johansson, in a coaching role to help him understand more about the Scottish giants.

Now though, former Rangers hero and coach Ian Durrant has told The Scottish Sun that there should still be room for an Ibrox legend to make a return to the club, as he urged the Gers to find a role for Walter Smith.

Walter SmithWalter Smith

Smith is a fan favourite at Rangers having won ten league titles over two spells in charge of the club, and Durrant has suggested that he could still be of value to Rangers, six years since he left his position as manager – but whilst he praised Smith's knowledge, he doesn't know whether the 69-year-old would be keen on coming out of retirement to aid Rangers in a support role.

“There should be a role for The Gaffer at Rangers. No doubt about it,” said Durrant. “His knowledge is invaluable. I still speak to him regularly. Whether he would want it is another matter. He’s done his bit, he’s earned his time to relax. He’s earned his right to a happy retirement. But I’m sure the powers that be could find something for him,” he added.

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