Smith lauds Strachan work
Walter Smith has paid tribute to Gordon Strachan for doing an excellent job at Celtic over the last four years. The former Scotland midfielder quit the Parkhead club today after failing in his quest to win a fourth successive championship.
During his time in the east end of Glasgow, Strachan guided the Bhoys to three consecutive league titles and the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League twice. And, despite pipping him to the Scottish Premier League title at the weekend, Smith believes the former Celtic manager deserved more credit.
"I've been on record as saying that I find it very difficult the criticism that Gordon takes," he said. "A football manager has to be successful and I think Celtic have been extremely successful, not just in domestic circumstances but also in European games.
"I don't think that Scottish teams in recent years have had the credit for how they do. Rangers and Celtic get criticised for their European performances but we don't compete on the same field as a lot of the teams who are involved in the Champions League financially.
"We do so domestically and when we win the league, people make allowances for all the other clubs who can't challenge us. But they don't make allowances for us when we are unable to challenge in the Champions League.
"I think Gordon Strachan has done an excellent job at Celtic over the last few years."