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Important I left Rangers on a high, says Smith

Walter Smith has revealed how he was determined to go out on a high when he quit Rangers for the second time.

The 63-year-old stepped down as manager at the end of the season after guiding the Scottish champions to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title and securing a domestic double.

The successful climax to the campaign was in contrast to the final season of his first spell at Ibrox, which ended in disappointment in 1998.

That year saw Rangers finish without a trophy and denied a record-breaking 10th consecutive title at the hands of rivals Celtic.

Reflecting on last season's achievements, Smith said: “On a personal basis it was always something that I thought was important.

“I wanted to go out on a successful basis and hopefully I did that.

“We got Europa League football after the Champions League and went on to win the League Cup and then, of course, the league itself.

“It was important from my own point of view, but you're always a little bit selfish in that regard.

“It's when you see what it means to everyone connected with the club that you enjoy it most.

Rangers clinched the title on the final day when they opened the scoring at Kilmarnock after 47 seconds and raced into a three-goal lead with seven minutes on the clock, before winning 5-1.

Smith added: “I can't remember in either of my spells at Rangers having a team that started a game in the manner that we did do that day.

“The level of finishing for the goals in the early part of the game was terrific.

“In that final run of games they were our best performances of the season, certainly in an attacking sense.”

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