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Rangers boss Walter Smith slams hypocrisy jibes from Kilmarnock chief

Rangers manager Walter Smith has hit back at claims of hypocrisy by Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston.

Smith had criticised UEFA for not doing enough to bridge the financial gulf between Europe's elite and clubs in smaller countries, like Rangers.

Johnston responded to those comments by claiming the Old Firm were guilty of perpetuating a similar scenario in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

“That's the way it is, there is no hypocrisy about it,” said Smith, whose side could go top if they beat Dundee United with Celtic not in action until tomorrow.

“Clubs like Rangers and Celtic, we take the onus in terms of trying to fly the flag for Scotland, if you like, in a European sense.

“That's only right that we do that, we are the biggest clubs and we take that responsibility.

“If he's happy with the way Scottish football is at the present moment, he's in the wrong job.”

Smith suggested decisions taken by Johnston, himself, have been a contributory factor in Kilmarnock’s own financial plight.

Killy were one of several SPL clubs who voted in favour of a TV deal with Setanta in 2008, with only Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen in favour of SKY.

“Was the Kilmarnock chairman one of the people who agreed to the Setanta deal?” asked Smith. “If he was, why is he still in a decision-making position in Scotland?”

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