Rangers fans group the Union Bears have been applauded for their display honouring Walter Smith despite the quick turnaround to produce the banner.
A huge tribute to the Rangers gaffer was unfurled in the Broomloan Stand as the players made their way onto the pitch which included a blacked-out crest and the Gaffer’s name.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) October 27, 2021
Underneath this a banner reading “FOR DEEDS DONE AND GLORIES WON, THANK YOU WALTER” was held up by fans whilst Walter’s trophy haul was included in the tier above.
Rangers might’ve went on to draw the clash with Aberdeen 2-2 – in a performance as bad as any we’ve seen from this stuttering Ibrox side all season – but this display has earned plaudits.
Not least because the group had such a short window of time to put something together with Walter’s passing being announced by the club little over 24 hours before the match.
Rangers fans group praised for Walter Smith tribute
After the display was unfurled, both Rangers and Aberdeen fans impeccably observed a minute’s silence as Walter Smith was remembered across Scotland.
Rangers fans also belted out Walter Smith’s Blue & White Army throughout the 90 minutes as the club remembered the man and the legend that brought them so much success.
Rangers supporters came together to commend the display as Ibrox remembered a club legend truly like no other:
Never before has a TIFO been so poignant and important. Well done the Union Bears. https://t.co/N2LgEZJ7lz
— TII (@thisisibrox) October 27, 2021
The Union Bears Walter display💙 pic.twitter.com/giSyHl8Kaq
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) October 27, 2021
Unreal work from the Union Bears in difficult circumstances & in such a short amount of time. An absolute credit to our club.
For deeds done and glories won 💙 pic.twitter.com/u2bjsEqVgV
— Kyle (@Shanksy1872) October 27, 2021
Well done Union Bears! Class! pic.twitter.com/ZGX3WlbZIl
— DaviePops 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@OK_Loyal_RFC) October 27, 2021
— 🇬🇧 Scott 🏴 (@Royal_Blue1872) October 28, 2021
— Iain (@IainWATP) October 27, 2021
— 𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕪 (@Beaney1872) October 27, 2021
— Hannah McInnes (@_HannahMcInnes_) October 27, 2021
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) October 27, 2021
Fantastic display by the @UnionBears_07 last night and all put together in such a short space of time. A fitting tribute for a true Rangers Legend. He’ll live long in our memories pic.twitter.com/GgYwNKNhRt
— Copland Streetwear (@coplandsw) October 28, 2021
Fair play to the Union Bears for getting that tifo planned in such a short space of time pic.twitter.com/CPQQl8sR7A
— Daniel (@danieljarv1872) October 27, 2021
Outstanding effort from the Union Bears tonight
— KG3 (@KG367919716) October 27, 2021
What a display by the Union Bears 👏! Well done pic.twitter.com/3eZjtb14uy
— Caitlin🇬🇧 (@Caitlin95x) October 27, 2021
Rangers unfortunately couldn’t get the win that the week we’ve just had so desperately craved but after an emotional few days perspective is perhaps important.
The Gers have not been good enough to date this season and some calamitous defending in the opening stages put our backs against the ropes.
At 2-0 down and lacking guile and invention, Rangers suffered from a lack of intensity both at the end of the first half and the start of the second. We were lucky to escape with a draw.
Big changes are needed and something must be done because – and this is no exaggeration – if we continue to trundle through matches like this the bottom will fall out before long.
An ordinarily key player was also missing for the clash with Aberdeen and this was explained by Clive Tyldesley pre-match.