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Full story, this is how a Ranger behaves the rats can take note. Steven Smith was not the worst player we had last season not by a long shot and everytime I have met him he has been nothing but a gentleman and what I expect from a true blue.

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New signing Stevie Smith at Rugby Park

NEW Kilmarnock signing Stevie Smith insists he will not stick the boot into his former club Rangers.

The left-back was among 11 players whose Ibrox contracts were not renewed after the Light Blues blew their chance at winning promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership.

But the likes of Kris Boyd - who has joined Smith at Rugby Park - Richard Foster, Jon Daly and Ian Black have all hit out at the way their departures were handled.

Chairman Dave King claimed the axed players had "failed miserably" whilst at the club, while Black claimed Gers had not even bothered to inform him his services were no longer required after his deal expired.

But Smith admitted last season's Ibrox squad deserved the flak directed their way as he refused to criticise the club.

The 29-year-old said: "When you play at a club the size of Rangers you are going to come in for some criticism. But you've just got to go out and prove people wrong.

"There is no doubting we deserved that criticism but now it's about proving to myself that I can still play in the top division.

"Listen, I've been associated with Rangers since I was 10 years old. I was fortunate enough to play there twice.

"It's a great football club and I enjoyed every minute of being there.

"Last season was difficult, everybody knows that, but you are not going to hear me say a bad word about Rangers. I grew up at that club and It's still a great place to play. I wish them all the best for next season.

"I hope they are heading in the right direction now and I hope they come up next season. But I'm concentrating on Kilmarnock now and I'm looking forward to having a good season here."

Smith is now settling into life at Killie after being handed a three-year deal by boss Gary Locke.

As well as his two spells at Rangers, the defender has also featured for Norwich, Aberdeen, Preston and MLS outfit Portland Timbers and that experience has made adjusting to life at Rugby Park easier.

"I think as you get older you get used to it a bit more," he explained. "The first time I moved I was probably a bit more nervous than I was the first time.

"But I know a few of the boys here having played against them over the years and that always makes it a bit easier.

"Having Kris here also helps. He's still as annoying as he's ever been but it helps to have a friendly face with me.

"He's been here before and he told me about the club before I came. Having heard that, it was really a no-brainer for me to come here.

"I think we've got to aim for the top six. The last few seasons have obviously been disappointing but they managed to scrape through and stay in the division.

"Now we have signed five or six players who are looking to take the club back into the top half."

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"You wont hear me say a bad word about Rangers" (Newsnow Rangers)

rest of cunts - observe.

Certainly not the best (or worst) player to pull on our jersey but this is what I expect from all ex (and current) Rangers players.

It is an honour to play for us and too many in recent times have disrespected the club and fans with their petulant outbursts.

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I actually like him as a fullback. As a young player he showed a lot of promise, and it was a shame to see him not manage to get past Wallace for that position at times.

He scored a few cracking free kicks, especially at Palmerston so I thank him for his contribution.

No he wasn't the most gifted, but he was able to perform in the top flight against better players, so it's a shame how it turned out.

Good luck to him.

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Integrity and discretion, much undervalued attributes nowadays.

Well said Stevie, in spite of our poor season you deserve a regained respect from Gers fans for that continued honourable and respectable attitude to our club. :clap:

Good luck with Kilmarnock.

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