Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

End Rangers takeover saga, pleads Walter Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith has called for the club's ownership issue to be resolved as soon as possible as Craig Whyte's takeover bid nears a conclusion.

Chairman Alastair Johnston revealed earlier yesterday that the Scottish champions expect to know one way or another what is happening with regards to the proposed buy-out in the next couple of days.

Smith, preparing his side to face Dundee United at Ibrox today (3pn), now hopes a deal can be completed sooner rather than later. He said: “It's crucial that the ownership aspect of the club gets settled as soon as it possibly can. We are in a situation where the club has been for sale for two-and-a-half, three years now.

“It's reached the stage just now where, when that gets sorted out, it will help bring back a bit of stability to the club.”

For now, Smith is happy to focus on events on the field, adding: “It doesn't affect us that greatly on the footballing side of things.

“We just have to try and handle the situation, as we have done for the last two or three years. We don't have any great knowledge of what is happening in the background, it's not our department, and we just have to handle the footballing part.

“I don't think it's been too much of a distraction for us. It's just a matter of us getting on with the footballing side of things and wait and see what happens.”

Smith and chief executive Martin Bain met with Whyte last month to outline squad requirements should he succeed with his takeover.

“All I was asked to do was explain the football side of Rangers to him, the problems that I see the club having at the present moment,” said the manager. I wasn't asked to discuss any other aspect or anything like that so it was quite a quick meeting.”

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