Smith shrugs off takeover talk

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Rangers manager Walter Smith refused to be drawn on a potential takeover of the Ibrox club, claiming he did not know what was happening behind the scenes.

When asked about reports that Sir David Murray could be set to sell his shareholding in the Glasgow giants, the Ibrox boss replied: "I've got no idea. I don't know anything about the proposed takeover so there is no use asking me."

When it was put to him that it would be a relief for him and his players if the financial uncertainty surrounding Rangers were to come to an end soon, he added: "It would be a big relief to everyone at the club if we managed to win the seven games (for the title). That would be as big a relief for the club as anything."

Despite reports of a takeover, the Scottish champions were able to focus on matters on the pitch to claim a 3-1 win over St Mirren that allowed them to move 13 points clear at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

"For 18 months now we have been doing that," said Smith.

"Not just me, my staff and all the players have been doing that for that period.

"Whatever is happening around the club at the present moment is happening. We will just try to continue as we have done over that period."

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