Smith backs under-fire Murray
Walter Smith has backed chairman David Murray after fans criticised his running of the club.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 19/01/09 5:13pm
Rangers manager Walter Smith has backed chairman David Murray after fans criticised his running of the club.
Murray has been targeted by a section of supporters after the club tried to offload captain Barry Ferguson and striker Kris Boyd.
It now appears that both players will remain at Ibrox with no offers coming in for Ferguson, while top scorer Boyd failed to agree terms with Birmingham.
Murray has since defended his decision to try and sell their top stars by admitting that the club need to address their £25million debt.
The chairman stressed his loyalty by highlighting that when he does come to sell the club he is likely to make a loss of up to £100million.
"These days there seems to be protests about everything," Smith said.
"But if those who are protesting could come up with some answers, some solutions, to these problems, then that would be more welcome.
"I can't understand some of it. Over a period of time people have said, 'tell us the truth.'
"Well, the chairman has come out and told the truth, and it is simple, he can no longer keep putting his own money into the club."
Meanwhile teenage starlet John Fleck is keen to keep his place in the first team after being handed his first start in the 3-1 win over Falkirk.
To cap it off the 17-year-old was named man-of-the-match as Rangers closed the gap between themselves and Celtic to just two points.
"To be named man-the-match was pretty special and hopefully I have done enough to stay in the team," the striker said.
"There was definitely a few nerves before kick-off but I thought I did well in the early stages and then fell out of the game a wee bit midway through the first half.
"In the second half I got back into it and I'm just glad we got the win. It was great to get a game against Falkirk and all the boys helped me through it.
"I only found out that I was playing when the gaffer read the team earlier in the day, although a few people had said that I would start.
"I wasn't expecting it but was really chuffed."