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    Picking a best XI from all those players is an onerous task. However, Smith racked his brain for the Daily Mail to choose a team, set-up in a 4-4-2 system.

    The former Rangers manager added the caveat that he chose no players from his time as assistant manager at Manchester United because he did not work with the players long enough, while he made sure to select Ian Durrant, Paul Sturrock and Davie Narey as substitutes.


    Andy Goram The bane of many Celtic fans’ existence as the goalkeeper helped Rangers to six of their nine-in-a-row. Smith said: “I don’t think I blamed him for a goal in five seasons.” He was Mr Consistent, and despite appearing to be on the short side for a goalkeeper he often produced unbelievable stops.

    Maurice Malpas Despite being a left-back, Smith switched him to the right for his XI. He was an ever-present with Dundee United during their heyday in the 1980s, turning in dependable displays on a weekly, and often twice-weekly, basis. Malpas was somewhat of a modern full-back with the energy and technical skills to cover a whole flank.

    Richard Gough One of only three men to appear in every season of Rangers’ nine-in-a-row, Gough was a leader and a legend. Similar to Malpas he was ahead of his time, capable of playing the ball from the back, combining it with a combative streak. He was also a fine reader of the game.

    Terry Butcher Smith calls the former England captain a “winner”. Butcher was a renowned and respected no-nonsense defender. Header, tackle, block and clear - anything to stop the opposition scoring. The type of player every team desires.

    Sasa Papac The only player from Smith’s second spell in charge at Rangers and a “surprise choice” according to Smith himself. One of the many players signed under Paul Le Guen, he was the biggest success, endearing himself to the Rangers faithful with his commitment and consistency.

    Brian Laudrup Elegance personified. There were few more thrilling sights in Scottish football between 1994 and 1998 than the Dane picking up the ball and dribbling at, around and past opponents. The type of player who could make a drab game worthwhile. Simply put, a matchwinner

    Graeme Souness Goram, Butcher and Souness - a winning spine. The three-time European Cup winner was arguably a better manager on the pitch than he was off it. The midfield maestro is often known for his pugnacious approach but he was an incredibly gifted footballer who inspired those around him.

    Paul Gascoigne “A genius,” according to Smith. While he was a problematic personality from time to time, Smith allowed the playmaker greater freedom to bring the best out of him. Easily one of the most gifted player England has ever produced, he was a level above at Ibrox, handed the keys to the midfield.

    Davie Cooper In the 144-year history of the Scottish FA, Scotland have witnessed many special players, perhaps none more so than Cooper. A wing-star, Smith said it best years ago: “God gave Davie Cooper talent. He would not be disappointed with how it was used.”

    Ally McCoist Of course Super Ally was going to be included, what with more than 350 goals for Rangers alone. He did so by “moving when others stood still,” says Smith. He broke and made scoring records at Ibrox. He broke opposition hearts, while simultaneously making a lot of people very, very happy.

    Mark Hateley The traditional target man. The rangy striker played more games and scored more goal for Rangers than anyone else in a career which took in Detroit Express, Leeds United, Monaco and AC Milan where he scored the winner in a Milan derby, handing the Rossoneri their first derby win in six years.

    Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/sport/footba...t-xi-1-4549860

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    That's some midfield!

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    Hard to argue with that. Absolute beast of a team.

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    Nice to see Papac in that line up, barely put a foot wrong.

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    Maurice Malpas Despite being a left-back, Smith switched him to the right for his XI
    ffs even in his fantasy team hes still playing players out of position

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    That team would have had a right go at the Champions League. Outstanding.

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    Papac was signed by Le Guen? Never heard that mentioned before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairybelly View Post
    ffs even in his fantasy team hes still playing players out of position
    Be thankful he picked an actual full back. Walter picked a back 4 (or even 5) consisting entirely of centre half's on a number of occasions

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    Genuinely nice to see Wattie recognising Papac here.

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    A brilliant XI. Good to see Papac in there.

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    Gary Stevens Right back surely

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    What a team. What a difference even a couple of players of that calibre would make these days. Big fan of Papac but still surprised to see him in there. Class!

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    Malpas over Papac at left back and Stevens at right back to be honest.

    Apart from that...what a team.

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    Sasa Papac loyal!

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    That selection is making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.....what a team that would have been!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Laudrup View Post
    Gary Stevens Right back surely
    Exactly , came on to post the same mate

    He was outstanding for younger bears reading , pure class

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    TBF Walter always had trouble with Right Back. I'm just surprised he didn't choose Dave McPherson or Alex Cleland.

    He could have played Malpas at RB and Albertz at LB

    Was Malpas that good? Must have been some team that Dundee Hibs had - Gough, Malpas, Hegharty and Narey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Laudrup View Post
    Gary Stevens Right back surely
    Malpas was a superb player tbf. Was surprised to see Papac in place ahead of Davie Roberstson myself. Smith hasn't picked this squad purely on talent tho in my opinion.

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    Cant understand Papac getting in ahead of Robertson.

    Walter still smarting from him leaving and foisting Stensaas on us?

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    Not having it nae Staale Stensaas!!!

    In all honesty if I was picking a team from Walter's time in charge I'd have Gary Stevens at right back or maybe mix it up and play a back 3 put McLaren in and play Albertz as left wing back with Gary Stevens as right wing back

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    Malpas LB and Stevens RB would make it a better team

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    Nae Barry.... Nae Walter. This won't go down well with Derek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Laudrup View Post
    Gary Stevens Right back surely
    Definitely, wasn't called DC (Different Class)
    for nothing.

    What a team though, will we ever see players of that class (with the exception of Malpas) wear the famous blue jersey again??

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    I hated that **** backpass (Malpas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oduwa View Post
    Cant understand Papac getting in ahead of Robertson.

    Walter still smarting from him leaving and foisting Stensaas on us?
    Papac was a solid defender on the way to a European final to be fair. Robertson was slightly less than impressive defensively shall we say.

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