The Scottish Football Association (SFA) says there is “no change” following Rangers’ request for Walter Smith to become their new manager.
According to reports, Smith will resign his position as Scotland coach to replace Paul Le Guen at Ibrox. This comes in the wake of the SFA’s refusal to relase Smith from his contract.
The Scotland coach’s contract runs until the summer of 2008 and SFA chief executive David Taylor said after talks at Hampden on Monday that he wanted him to stay.
“Following contact from Rangers football club, we held a meeting this morning with Walter Smith,” Taylor said.
“At this meeting Walter Smith asked to be relieved of his contract as national team manager for Scotland.
“This request has been refused and Rangers have been advised accordingly.”
Taylor added: “He (Smith) is under contract with the SFA and we have made our position clear.
“There is no action to be taken by the SFA, it is a matter for Walter or Rangers.”
“It would be a major disruption to lose Walter and I would be disappointed if it does happen,” added Taylor, who revealed that McCoist does not have a contract with the SFA.
“Walter is the Scotland team manager, and I hope it stays that way,” said Taylor.
“He’s got a contract for another 18 months and that’s the issue here.”
In Smith’s previous spell at Ibrox he helped Rangers win nine successive titles before resigning in 1998 and moving to Everton.