Date: 10th January 2017 at 12:05pm
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There was little sign of charity, goodwill or well-wishing from Celtic fans as they read this morning of Walter Smith’s pain as 10-in-a-row gets ever closer.

During the nineties Celtic almost went into liquidation as Smith enjoyed a £100m overdraft from Gavin Masterton of the Bank of Scotland to crush the competition from the east end of Glasgow. For good measure Dave Murray was given a £900m overdraft to prop up his profile as a dashing young success story.

Smith’s bid for 10-in-a-row, bolstered by Lorenzo Amoruso, Marco Negri, Stale Stensaas, Jonas Thern, Sergio Porino, Tony Vidmar alongside Paul Gascoigne, Brian Laudrup and the nine-in-a-row legends crumbled as Wim Jansen outsmarted Smith in the same way as countless European coaches did in UEFA competitions.

After deserting Scotland on the brink of qualification to Euro 2008 Smith returned to Ibrox where non payment of income tax and national insurance was the way to deal with Gordon Strachan’s Celtic.

Smith walked out on Ibrox for a second time shortly after Craig Whyte dug out a pound coin with the institution suffering administration and liquidation within 13 months of his departure.

After wishing Charles Green’s new club every success the former Everton boss took up a non-executive directorship just before supporters coughed up 70 pence per share with Smith later serving as chairman of Sevco before walking away once more.

Having expressed his fears over Celtic winning 10-in-a-row the natural conclusion is that Smith will invest some of the millions he has taken out of Ibrox or perhaps return to front line management.