WALTER SMITH joked he would have been SACKED had he conceded eight goals in a competitive match after watching his XI go down 8-3 in this afternoon’s legends game.
Ally McCoist’s XI proved just too strong for Smith’s men, although, of course, today was never about the result, with the Rangers Charity Foundation and Rangers Youth Development Company the beneficiaries of today’s clash.
Smith told RangersTV: “Certainly we wouldn’t have been in the job long if we had! The result, obviously, isn’t the important aspect – it was all about the crowd coming in and they did that today.
“There was a terrific turnout and I think all the players enjoyed it with some of the boys trying to roll back the years – and that’s not easy.”
As well as managing a team, Ally McCoist played the second half of the game and, naturally, bagged a hat-trick to see his side to victory.
“He always scores doesn’t he?” joked Smith. “Nothing was ever going to change and it was good to see him come back to Ibrox and get goals like that.
“It’s just normal for him.”
Smith was impressed with the contributions of the four youth players – Jack Thomson, Stephen Kelly, Cammy Palmer and Andy Dallas, and feels they will benefit from the experience.
“The youth boys did really well today,” continued Smith. “It can be really awkward for them in the sense that they were maybe playing in a position they don’t normally play for the club.
“They were asked to play well out of position and join in with guys who are maybe not at their fittest!
“So it wasn’t easy for them, but I think they enjoyed it and it’s a good experience for them getting out in front of a crowd like that.”
Smith also welcomed back Kenny McDowall to his coaching team, adding: “It was great for Kenny to come along and do that. He’ll be missing his football at the moment as he is one of these lads who is really keen and it’s disappointing he’s not working somewhere in football at the present moment.
“So it was nice to see him in the dugout today and I think he enjoyed it.”