Gordon Smith opens up on clashing with Rangers icon
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Gordon Smith opens up on clashing with Rangers icon

Rangers legend Gordon Smith has opened up on his early clashes with Ibrox icon John Greig after his move to Ibrox – and admits he didn’t get the “best welcome.”
Smith moved to Ibrox from Kilmarnock in 1977 and had a phenomenal debut season with the Gers, scoring 27 goals and winning the Treble.

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But it wasn’t plain sailing for Smith as he was told in no uncertain terms by the then-captain that he wouldn’t be playing as a left winger thanks to Davie Cooper starring there.

“I got on quite well with him. But two things happened which had significance,” Smith told Open Goal, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“The first day when I joined Rangers; I arrived at Ibrox, I had just signed the day before, I had my first training session, and I walked up to the club and Sandy Jardine and John Greig got out of a taxi.

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“Sandy Jardine says, ‘Welcome to the club Gordon, that’s good’, and John Greig said, ‘Hello, I don’t know what we’ve signed you for!’
“That was the first welcome of my captain to Rangers. I go, ‘What do you mean?’
“He goes, ‘Well we’ve got Cooper left wing’ and I said, ‘Well I’m not going to be playing left wing’.

“He went, ‘Alright’. Maybe that’s what he meant; we’ve got another left winger so I don’t know why we’ve got you because that’s where I’d been playing.
“But it was not exactly the best welcome!
“And then, the second point was in that first season, I was scoring really regularly when I came into the team at first and then I went about three games without scoring and that was the first team he said anything to me.
“He went, ‘Ah you’re not scoring now for us, eh?’ I was like that, ‘Oh, cheers.'”

Greig would become the manager at Ibrox a year after Smith moved to the Gers, with Greig selling Smith in 1980 before bringing him back to Ibrox on loan two years later.

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After leaving Ibrox, Smith would go on to play for Brighton, Manchester City, Oldham, Admira Wacker, FC Basel and Stirling Albion.
Smith would later return to the club, briefly, as director of football under Craig Whyte.