Smith return pleases Alexander

  • Last Updated: November 16 2012, 17:18 GMT

Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander has hailed the return of Walter Smith as a further sign the club is moving in the right direction.

Walter Smith: Back involved with Rangers

Former boss Smith, along with retired Glasgow businessman Ian Hart, joined the Ibrox board as a non-executive director earlier this week.

Alexander believes the Light Blues were already on the right track under chief executive Charles Green, following a period of turmoil under the previous regime.

And the Rangers number one is now even more confident of a brighter future for the club now that Smith is on board.

Alexander said: "He is one of the best - of not the best - managers I've worked under.

"To have someone of his stature back at the club, to guide the club in the right direction, is really positive for the future.

"Things will hopefully be looking great. We've got to trust in everyone on the board.

"We trust that Charles Green is taking the club in the right direction and I think he has done a fantastic job.

"I think he's the right man to take the club where it wants to go.

"But having someone of the stature of Walter Smith is just fantastic for the club.

"Hopefully, working together with Charles Green and the manager, we can take the club forward in the right direction."

Meanwhile, Alexander hopes proposals for league reconstruction could speed up Rangers' return to the top-flight of Scottish football.

Plans for a three-tier 16-10-16 league structure have been mooted by the Scottish Football League, albeit Scottish Premier League clubs have yet to take part in the talks.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Irn-Bru Third Division clash against East Stirling, Alexander said: "There definitely needs to be a change in Scottish football for the better.

"To take the leagues forward in the right direction, there has to be positive changes. I think, in time, that will happen.

"At the moment, we are in SFL3 and we've just to get on with that.

"If it's SFL2 next year and then SFL1 to get back to the SPL, then so be it.

"If there are changes before then, and it speeds up our time to get to the SPL quicker, then great.

"But we've just got to concentrate on getting out of this league and see where that takes us going into next season.

"We can't take anything for granted. All we can do is win our league and hopefully the reconstruction goes ahead and maybe fast forwards us into a higher league quicker."

On the proposed changes, he added: "I think it will happen and I think it has to happen, not just to benefit Rangers but for the good of Scottish football."

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