Walter Smith may quit over Malcolm Murray ousting

WALTER Smith is on the verge of leaving his role as non-executive director at Rangers over the way the board has handled its attempt to remove director Malcolm Murray.

Walter Smith: On brink of quitting over Malcolm Murray removal attempts. Picture: PA

• Walter Smith understood to be on verge of quitting Ibrox

• Former manager unhappy with board’s attempts to oust director Malcolm Murray

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The Ibrox hierarchy told Murray to leave after the conclusion of an internal probe that investigated alleged links between Charles Green and Craig Whyte.

The former Rangers manager is understood to be disquieted by the level of influence Green retains at board level, despite stepping down as chief executive three weeks ago. He is also deeply unhappy over the board’s behaviour towards Murray.

Green does not step down as director until the end of the month, until which time Smith is understood to fear he may still try to implement changes that will affect the club in the long-term.

It is claimed taht Green was involved, via conference call, in board discussions aimed at cutting Murray out of Ibrox.

Board members are thought to be unhappy with Murray’s conduct since arriving last summer, which has prompted attempts at his removal.