Walter Smith worked with some truly world class talents during his glory days as Rangers manager, but it wasn’t Brian Laudrup or Paul Gascoigne who the retired coach values as his greatest-ever signing.
Smith is currently enjoying his retirement, away from the stresses and strains of top-flight management, and has been taking a stroll down memory lane as part of the Rangers website’s ‘Ten of the Best’ feature.
As well as discussing some of hie cherished memories from his time at Ibrox, Smith has been giving his thoughts on some of his former players, with David Weir coming in for a lot of praise.
Speaking via the Rangers website, Smith explained: “I’ve been asked a few times in interviews to name the player I felt was my best signing as Rangers manager but it’s a tough question to answer because a lot of the players I brought to Ibrox went on to enjoy a great level of success at the club.
“If however you were to ask me for my best pound-for-pound signing that is slightly easier because it would have to be Davie Weir who came to us for nothing, we didn’t even pay a pound for him!
“At the start of my second spell as manager in January 2007 the first thing I wanted to do was bring in an experienced figure in defence and looking back now I couldn’t have gone for anyone better than Davie.
“Initially he only signed for six months because he was 36 but we ended up offering him another year and then another year. It went on like that and aside from his wages he didn’t cost us anything.
“In his five years at Ibrox he was outstanding both in the way he performed on the pitch and the way he conducted himself off it.
“In terms of pound-for-pound signings Rangers have made you will struggle to beat Davie and that’s all down the desire he had to be successful at the club.”
He might still be in the good books with Walter Smith, but Weir’s relationship with the Rangers fanbase has taken a bit of a hit recently, after he left his role at the club as assistant manager in acrimonious circumstances.
But what do you make of Smith’s choice? Was Weir hands-down the best pound for pound signing made during his two tenures? Has he forgotten someone else?