Walter Smith on the money with blast at bankers
Walter Smith's public frustration at his club's bankers making life difficult for him, will be shared by managers and directors up and down the land.
While there's no doubt that Rangers and many others have lived beyond their means, Smith's anger at bankers pulling the financial strings at Ibrox, will strike a chord.
Smith said: "The ironic aspect, not just for Rangers, but for everybody, is that the banks are telling us what we can and can't do. Maybe someone should have done that that with them."
One thing's for sure about Smith's old fashioned Scottish working class upbringing; it makes for a clear perspective when commenting on the pin-striped financial wizards who almost spelled disaster for the entire economy with their own financial imprudence, yet who feel no shame in lecturing others on how to tighten their belts now.
Smith is frustrated by the financial restraints imposed on him by Rangers' bankers
I'm not suggesting that many of our football clubs have been anything other than cavalier with their finances, but their bankers were in several cases only too happy to accommodate them in their extravagances.
It's a bit rich now for the banks to be putting such a severe financial squeeze on clubs.
In some cases, tales of banks changing the rules overnight are being heard from club directors suffering sleepless nights.
Scottish football shouldn't be treated any differently to any other business, despite the unique place it has in the country's social tapestry.
But, those banks who needed bailed out with public money, should surely think twice before putting undue pressure on football or any other business or individual, struggling to keep their heads above water in the current tough financial climate.
Everyone has to pay their dues and everyone has to learn to live within their means, but a little understanding and a little more time to pay, from those who needed the taxpayers' help themselves a short time ago, seems only fair.