Walter Smith gave Rangers pride back, says David Weir

Walter Smith passes on instructions for Rangers captain David Weir
Smith and Weir have worked together at Everton, Scotland and Rangers

Rangers captain David Weir believes departing manager Walter Smith should be acknowledged as one of the club's "true greats".

Rangers will garner a third consecutive Scottish Premier League title if they win at Kilmarnock on Sunday.

"He's given the club its pride back," said Weir ahead of what will be Smith's last match in charge.

"I don't think you can underestimate how good a job he's done and how big a part he's played for the club."

Rangers go into the final round of fixtures one point ahead of Glasgow rivals Celtic and if they keep their noses in front it will be a 10th championship success for Smith over two spells at Ibrox.

Smith, who lifted his 20th Rangers trophy when the League Cup was won in March, announced at the end of last season that he would stay on for one more campaign before handing the reins over to his assistants Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall.

"It's sad to see him go because he has a lot to offer and he's been fantastic for the club," said Weir.

"He goes down as one of the true Rangers greats.

"It's the end of an era at the club and we'd love to give him that trophy to go away with."

Despite his vast experience, 41-year-old Weir admits to being nervous going into the final weekend of the SPL season.

However, a run of eight wins and a draw with Celtic has put Rangers in pole position.

"We'd have taken that at the start of the season; knowing we had to win our final game to win the title," explained Weir.

"But it can still go either way and whether the season is a success or failure depends on Sunday.

"I don't think we need to do anything different. We'll give Kilmarnock the respect they deserve because they've had a great season. They're a good team.

"We know it's going to be difficult but we are playing well and we realise the importance the game.

"We are confident but not over confident.

"When you realise what is at stake, you've got to be nervous. I think being nervous is a good thing."

Smith's farewell adds poignancy to the occasion for followers of Rangers but Weir is cautious of being caught up in the emotion of the day.

"I don't think that it makes it any more important," he added. "The management would be the first to say that at Rangers you are expected to win trophies and that's the requirement when you come here.

"I don't think you can pick and choose which ones you prioritise.

"You have to give every competition the same focus and same attention and that's what we've tried to do.

"That's what we are here for; to try and win trophies, regardless of the circumstances.

"We as players just focus on trying to win football games, that doesn't change."

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