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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
New SFA chief ready to take flak
Gordon Smith
Smith played for Kilmarnock, Rangers and Brighton
Gordon Smith has been installed as the new chief executive of the Scottish Football Association.

And the former Rangers forward, 52, says he is ready for the inevitable criticism which will come his way.

He said: "You can't avoid the flak - but I'll try to by doing a good job and hopefully people will see that."

"The criticism might even be personal and not anything to do with what I'm doing, but I'm very motivated and very committed to it."

Smith continued: "I think it was the American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard who said the only way to avoid criticism was to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.

"That's how you avoid criticism and certainly this job is not about avoiding criticism."

You can't avoid the flak - but I'll try to by doing a good job and hopefully people will see that

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith

Smith will replace the outgoing David Taylor, who has taken up the post of general secretary of Uefa.

Smith was BBC Scotland's main football pundit and also owns a players' agency but has given up both roles.

George Peat is the new SFA president, with Campbell Ogilvie becoming the first vice-president.

Cove Rangers' Alan McRae was installed as second vice-president, after the posts were ratified at the Association's Annual General Meeting at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

The decision to install a former player and pundit in the SFA's top job has surprised many inside and outside of Scottish Football.


But Smith says he is able to cope with the sniping.

He added: "I didn't have to take this job on.

"I am doing it on the basis that I feel very privileged to be offered, but even to be approached was fantastic.

"I'm delighted and honoured that I've been given this job.

"It's a big position, I'm a patriotic Scot and I want to see Scottish football flourish.

It's a big position, I'm a patriotic Scot and I want to see Scottish football flourish

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith

"I know it has been a difficult job at times and criticism comes with it but I'm ready to accept that."

Smith played for Kilmarnock, Rangers and Brighton, while he had a spell as assistant manager with St Mirren.

But he is better known as a regular voice on BBC Scotland's football programmes Sportsound and Sportscene.

The SFA chief executive oversees the development of football in Scotland and the administration of disciplinary matters, but is also responsible for the general organisation of the national side.

When in the job, Smith will also be involved in the hiring and firing of future Scotland managers.

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