Smith pleased window is now closed

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Walter Smith has expressed his relief at seeing transfer deadline day pass without any first-team departures from Rangers.

A number of players were linked with moves away from Ibrox but in the end the only significant bit of news at the club on Tuesday was the arrival of Jerome Rothen on loan from Paris St Germain.

With Rangers' financial problems well documented, it came as something of a surprise to see no-one sold and Smith told the Evening Times: "It's definitely nice to see the back of the transfer window. It puts an end to all the uncertainty - at least until January."

He added: "We've had a lot of players linked with moves away from the club and everyone is well aware of the financial situation we have.

"However, as the manager, it is certainly pleasing not to have lost the services of important, first-team players."

Smith, whose side have won all three of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League games this season, added: "There has been a lot of speculation over the summer and with the transfer window closing it means everyone can concentrate on the football rather than anything else.

"We also have the Champions League to look forward to."

Smith admitted he would have liked to have been able to strengthen his squad further before the window closed, saying: "We weren't as active during the transfer window as we would have obviously liked in terms of bringing players in."

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