The Gers have lost several key figures in the club’s history over the last few years, none more so than the Goliath figure of Walter Smith who is widely regarded as Mr Rangers by the club’s fans.
Over two spells at Ibrox, Smith won 21 major honours with Rangers, including 10 titles, six League Cups and five Scottish Cups, whilst the legendary former Scotland boss also took the club to the UEFA Cup Final in 2008.
On the anniversary of his passing last year, Rangers have announced plans to unveil a statue to Walter Smith at the Copland Road end of Ibrox Stadium as a long-standing testament to the great man’s contribution to the club.
“On the first anniversary of his passing, Rangers Football Club are today pleased to announce a statue of legendary manager Walter Smith has been commissioned to commemorate his incredible achievements at the club,” reads a club statement.
“In the modern era, nobody contributed more to Rangers than Walter. He served as assistant manager, manager, and Chairman, with his spells as manager yielding an incredible 10 top-flight titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups.
“A boyhood supporter who more than lived the dream, future generations will be met with this new sculpture at the famed Copland Road end of Ibrox Stadium.”
Rangers recognise Walter Smith as club mourns another club legend in Jimmy Millar
News of the Walter Smith statue comes amid a difficult time for the Rangers community as yet another club legend in Jimmy Millar sadly passes away.
The Ibrox Hall-of-Famer played for the Gers during the 50s and 60s and the brave centre-forward scored 162 goals in 317 Rangers appearance. Millar passed away last week at the age of 87.
Rangers have lost several other influential figures from the club’s history in recent season as legendary keeper Andy Goram, iconic Ibrox winger Davie Wilson and Dutch midfielder Fernando Ricksen all pass away.
Rangers fans have come together to celebrate the contribution of all these great men to the club’s success and amongst these legends Walter Smith stands as a Goliath.
The Walter Smith statue will also be a touching tribute to a man who gave Rangers so much and understood completely what it means to lead at Ibrox.
Rangers fans turned out in their thousands to pay tribute to Walter Smith as his funeral cortège passed Ibrox last year.