Walter Smith – former Scotland and Rangers manager – dies aged 73

Walter Smith – the former Scotland, Rangers, and Everton manager – has died.

He was aged 73.

Smith won ten league titles at Ranger alongside five Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

Rangers said:

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our former manager, chairman and club legend, Walter Smith.”

Club chairman Douglas Park added:

“On behalf of the Rangers board of directors, staff and players, I convey my deep condolences to the Smith family.

“Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

“It is almost impossible to encapsulate what Walter meant to every one of us at Rangers.

“He embodied everything that a Ranger should be.

“His character and leadership was second to none, and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first team manager.

“I spoke with Walter as recently as last weekend.

“Even when he was battling illness, he was still able to provide advice and support.

“For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he continued also to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.

“Walter will be sorely missed by all of us at Rangers…for Rangers’ supporters, he was much more than just a football manager.

“Walter was a friend to many, a leader, an ambassador and, most of all, a legend.”

 


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