There have been reports coming from Glasgow, and presumably from manager Walter Smith, that he’s interested in Newcastle’s Alan Smith.
Alan Smith – wants to stay at Newcastle United
The link probably came from the time Smith spent some time as Sir Alex Fergusonâ€™s no.2 at Old Trafford, and at that time he was said to be keen on the Yorkshireman.
Rangers have done very well in the UEFA Cup this year and they will have made some cash from their good run, and we would expect they are keen to strengthen their side for the European Champions League next season.
And of course, as well as that background, Alan Smith was last weekend seen watching Sundayâ€™s Old Firm derby game against Celtic.
Alex Black, however, who is Alan’s agent, has said there is no truth in the rumors at all, and he told Sky Sports today:
“Alan has no intention of leaving Newcastle, he is happy at the club,” “All this Rangers talk has come about because he was at a couple of their games.”
“It was just a coincidence as Alan got tickets for the Old Firm game and he went with a few friends to experience a Rangers v Celtic game as he is a football fan.”
“Alan is not thinking about anything else but coming back fresh for next season and helping Newcastle to success.”
But we are not sure what future Alan will have at Newcastle. He cannot get a starting position right now, and with Kevin strengthening various positions in the summer, we cannot see Smith becoming a starter in Kevin’s new side.
He left Manchester United so he could get more games at Newcastle, so we’d be surprised if he would be happy with being only a squad player – but there again, we know he just loves playing for Keegan, so he may be content to help the club be as successful as possible, in whatever role Kevin will use him in.
If that’s his thinking it sounds good to usÂ -Â but we’d still be surprised if that would be acceptable to Alan.
What do you think?