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.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 3: Former Rangers player John Greig and Manager Walter Smith (right) attend the service to commemorate the 40th Anniversary Memorial of the Ibrox Disaster held at the Ibrox stadium on January 3, 2011 In Glasgow, United Kingdom. The Ibrox disaster occurred on January 2, 1971 at the end of an Old Firm game when 66 people lost their lives in a crush as crowds left the stands.
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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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 10: Ex Rangers player and manager John Greig looks on during the Scottish Championship Opening League Match between Rangers and Hearts, at Ibrox Stadium on August 10, 2014 Glasgow, Scotland.
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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.
port, Football, pic: circa 1979, John Greig, who was both player and Manager at Rangers
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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.
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