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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 13:40 GMT
Smith appointed boss of Rangers
New Rangers boss Walter Smith
Smith takes over Rangers for the second time
Walter Smith has quit as Scotland coach to become boss of Rangers for a second time after agreeing a three-year deal.

The Scottish Football Association will now take legal action against him "for breach of contract" and against Rangers "for inducement to break the contract".

Smith, 58, replaces Paul Le Guen and will be assisted by former Rangers favourite Ally McCoist.

Rangers chairman Sir David Murray said: "It's a great pleasure to welcome Walter and Ally back."

No agreement has been reached with Mr Smith or Rangers on any compensation payment

SFA statement

Murray added: "I've great respect for both men and their achievements and I am convinced they will take the club forward."

However SFA chief executive, David Taylor, said: "Walter's departure is a serious blow to the Scottish FA.

"He has done an excellent job for us and the Scottish national team. We are very disappointed that he has chosen to leave us at this critical time in our Euro 2008 qualification campaign."

An SFA statement said: "At a meeting this morning with the chief executive of the Scottish FA, Walter Smith delivered a letter of resignation with immediate effect from his position as national coach of the Scotland team.

Walter Smith (centre), with Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall
Smith welcomes his new staff to Rangers

"No agreement has been reached with Mr Smith or Rangers Football Club on any compensation payment to be made for the early termination of his employment, which is in breach of his contract with the Scottish FA."

Smith said: "I am delighted to return to Rangers as manager. This club has always been in my blood and I can't wait to get started.

"I am looking forward to teaming up with Ally and first-team coach Kenny McDowall.

"I worked side by side with Ally during our time with the national team and I am also delighted Kenny has agreed to join us at Ibrox.

"Ally is someone with a strong Rangers background. He's young and ambitious and he's given up quite a bit to take up this job.

"His enthusiasm will be an enormous help."


McCoist was overjoyed at returning to the club, saying: "It was a privilege to pull on the Rangers jersey for so many years but I am delighted to return as assistant manager.

"I was honoured to be named in the greatest ever Rangers team and included in the club's Hall of Fame, but this is something really special. I know the club inside out and I am ready for the challenge."

This will be Smith's second spell at Ibrox, after helping Rangers win nine successive titles before resigning in 1998 and moving to Everton.

Both Smith and Rangers legend McCoist have played a pivotal role in Scotland's stunning start to their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Scotland are the surprise Group B leaders in the Euro 2008 qualifying phase, ahead of world champions Italy and World Cup runners-up France.

Smith had offered to work in a dual role with Scotland and Rangers until the end of the season but the SFA would not entertain the suggestion.

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