WALTER SMITH is confident Rangers fans will see a better Light Blues team this season after watching them in action during their German tour.

The former Ibrox boss and current chairman flies back to Glasgow today with chief executive Craig Mather following a two-day visit to the club’s camp in Marienfeld.

Smith and Mather watched a couple of training sessions before attending the 1-0 victory against fifth-tier outfit FC Gutersloh at the Heidewaldstadion last night.

They saw another decent display as the Light Blues dominated and would probably have won by more had they been a little sharper.

Smith is happy with the way the squad is progressing under manager Ally McCoist and is optimistic about what the future holds.

The 65-year-old said: “Firstly, it’s just good that they’ve got a team at this stage this summer. When you look back to last year, there wasn’t one to put together for a while.

“They were struggling to get a side out on the pitch back then and things are obviously different now.

“I would hope the foundations have been laid for the club to push and get back into the top flight in the long run.

“There’s a definite difference in the whole attitude this season in comparison to last. We’ll see a difference on the field this season.

“No Rangers manager has ever had to encounter what Alistair had to put up with last season. It was a very difficult one where we just had to get the team through it.

“There was a circumstance where, because of the expectations at the club, there was a little bit of frustration at the standard of play and that’s understandable.

“What should also be understood is it was never going to be a season where there was going to be a great onus on performance.

“The team just had to get through it and achieve what they had to which was promotion. They did that and now we can see the formation of a more Rangers-like team.

“We’re trying to lay foundations for future campaigns and we have started to do that. The coaching staff are far, far happier with preparations.”

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