Rangers fans are leading the calls for a stand at Ibrox Stadium to be renamed after legendary manager Walter Smith following the great man’s passing at 73.
Smith is undoubtedly a name in the pantheon of Ibrox greats and will forever be one of the figures most associated with Rangers Football Club.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 26, 2021
The Gaffer’s passing was confirmed by the club this morning and since then we’ve seen an outpouring of emotions from supporters and former colleagues.
The embodiment of the great and good of Rangers, Smith was a leader and a gargantuan figure on which we rested many of our ambitions and dreams as Gers fans.
Smith’s 21 domestic trophies – including 10 League Championships – has etched him into Ibrox history but his demeanour and his class is what makes the man stand alone at Rangers.
Adored by everyone at Ibrox and plenty outside of the club, Smith is one of the last great men of his type and his era and his passing will be felt across football.
But whilst Smith has passed on, his legacy remains and fans are determined to see that enshrined inside Ibrox Stadium via the renaming of one of the stands.
Bill Struth’s name adorns the Main Stand, whilst Sandy Jardine’s adorns the stand on the other side of the pitch, previously known as the Govan Stand.
The Broomloan and Copland Road Stands are certainly options for being renamed in memory of Walter Smith and fans have called on the club to consider doing so:
Please Rangers can we rename either Broomloan or Copland stand after our club hero Walter Smith?
Please, i urge everyone to like and retweet this to get this message across to @RangersFC 🏴🇬🇧⚽️💙
— 🇬🇧 Paisley Loyal & True 🇬🇧 (@PaisleyLoyalist) October 26, 2021
Broamloan Road Stand should be called the Walter Smith Stand.
— Ross Sneddon (@Sneddon0472) October 26, 2021
@RangersFC the Copland Road must be renamed the Walter Smith Stand .
— Peter Kelman (@KelmanPeter) October 26, 2021
At the very least. Would be an honour to sit in the Sir Walter Smith stand 💙 https://t.co/0LqUz5M8yw
— Shamen The Bear (@Shamen360) October 26, 2021
THE WALTER SMITH STAND
— Copland Streetwear (@coplandsw) October 26, 2021
Everyone saying there must be a Stand for Walter Smith and I absolutely agree. Come on @RangersFC
— Lady Rhiannon The Pumpkin Queen 🎃 (@DeadlyMonster13) October 26, 2021
Statue outside Ibrox, name a stand after him and Walter Smith’s blue and white army for 90 mins tomorrow 💙💙💙 https://t.co/PdywKLAkNj
— Ryan Smith (@RyannSmithh95) October 26, 2021
— Jodie McNair (@JodieMcNair) October 26, 2021
Rename the broomy as soon as @RangersFC
Walter Smith deserves more than a stand named after him but its a start
— Jordan (@Jordan68316916) October 26, 2021
Walter Smith was Mr Rangers to fans of my age. The greatest. Get the training ground and stand named in his honour. Legend pic.twitter.com/c013oMO5SW
— Chrisy Paterson (@chrisyp1985) October 26, 2021
A stand needs named after walter smith
— stevo 🐧🏴 (@stevonevo1) October 26, 2021
Maybe to early to suggest a memorial to Walter but my preference would be a portrait on the marble stairway and the copeland Road named Walter Smith stand.
— CHARLIE MURDOCH 🇬🇧🏴 (@murdoch_charles) October 26, 2021
The Walter Smith Training Centre sounds about right to me.
A stand at Ibrox renamed.
Feel like I have been kicked in the stomach. Awful news.
Rest easy Walter.
— James Whyte (@james_ws_whyte) October 26, 2021
Simply the best 🔴⚪🔵 RIP Walter Smith. Rename the Broomloan or Copland Road Stand and build a statue is the in honour of the gaffer pic.twitter.com/N7dLLOqnJh
— Joey McLean (@ChampagneMcLean) October 26, 2021
Statue for Walter Smith and a stand named after him. Definition of a Rangers man
— Jord (@jordxn72) October 26, 2021
one of the stands should be The Walter Smith Stand.
A true Rangers man.
— kieran🇬🇧 (@baird_kieran) October 26, 2021
The passing of Walter Smith has been felt by everyone associated with Rangers and as the tributes continue to flood from across football, a stand named in his honour would be a fitting tribute.
Read the words of current chairman Douglas Park who celebrated the immense contribution of Walter Smith to Rangers Football Club.