Rangers legend and former manager Walter Smith is being heavily linked with the vacant Scotland manager job, nearly seven years after leaving the Ibrox club.
Reported by outlets such as The Scotsman, the prospect of Smith becoming Scotland boss for the second time has been a talking point all week and it’s certainly causing controversy.
Smith has not been in management since leaving the Light Blues in 2011 after a successful second spell at the club, having previously been national team manager.
Smith won 21 major honours as manager of Rangers, leading them to their nine-in-a-row triumph in the 1990s.
As Scotland manager though he won just seven games in 16.
Scottish football fans don’t appear to be happy with the potential appointment whatsoever, believing that it’s wrong either because he walked out on the job to join Rangers previously or simply because the results first time around were not good enough.
Many took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Walter Smith, give me a break. If that’s the best we can do we’re aswell scrapping our national team now.
This list of ‘candidates’ is a long list of average, mediocre managers who have either done nothing, or nothing of note in 10+years.
— Dougie Todman (@DougieTodman) February 8, 2018
Craig Levein won more matches as Scotland manager than Walter Smith. This has disaster written all over it.
— Rob Harvey (@robharvey5) February 8, 2018
Walter Smith is the 'Safest Bet', 'Safe Option', 'Players Know Him', 'Safe Pair of Hands'!
This is NOT what Scotland needs, we need someone with new ideas, someone to bring up some youth and can stay for 8 to 12 years for 2/3 tournaments.
Walter is not that man! #Scotland
— Alex Giles 💬 (@Muldwych) February 8, 2018
So he can walk out on us again when the opportunity to manage a second Ibrox-based club comes around?
EXCLUSIVE: Walter Smith emerges as shock contender for Scotland job https://t.co/5e5yH10sFQ
— Matthew Leslie (@mattleslie74) February 5, 2018
Amazing how the “he walked out on Scotland and shouldn’t be allowed back” Brigade, who were in full voice against the return of Scot Brown to the Scotland squad, now want Walter Smith as manager despite walking out on Scotland, poaching coaching staff and his EBT involvement.
— unwittinglymine (@unwittinglymine) February 7, 2018
The number of journalists welcoming even the prospect of Walter Smith's return is damning. Their paucity of thinking is unreal.
— Duncan McKay (@DuncMcKay) February 5, 2018
am i missing something where Walter Smith is concerned? average record as Scotland mngr, walked out on us, been out the game for 7yrs. its almost like the @Record_Sport have been asked by the SFA to soften us up before appointing him. what is the compelling case for Walter Smith?
— SPFL Banter *** (@splbanter) February 7, 2018
Walter Smith when in charge of Scotland (a long time ago!). "That" debacle at home to Belarus. 7 wins from 16 matches. Craig Levein won 10/24 and is seen as a disaster. Some great revisionism going on.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) February 6, 2018
Is Walter Smith what the press really had in mind when they called for a revolution? A dinosaur, inextricably linked to the demise of Rangers, & the resulting scandalous cover up that shamed our game, & forever tainted the authorities whose job it is to protect it?
— Bartin Main (@OriginalBart1n) February 7, 2018
Walter Smith will be 70 in a couple of weeks. The only other Int manager at that age is Lars Lagerbeck
He hasn’t managed in any capacity for nearly 7 years. Lagerbeck has managed continuously
His win % as Scotland manager is almost identical to Craig Levein’s
So Why Walter ?
— Barcabhoy (@Barcabhoy1) February 5, 2018