Rangers fans have been paying tribute to current manager Steven Gerrard for fronting up and facing the cameras to pay tribute to Ibrox legend Walter Smith.

Rangers are in mourning after the passing of arguably the club’s biggest and most important figure and as a result press duties were understandably suspended ahead of the match with Aberdeen.

But Steven Gerrard still managed to pay tribute to Smith as the Ibrox manager began to well up as he reflected on the original Gaffer’s influence over his Gers career.

Beyond just life at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard claims that in meeting Smith it not only helped him as a manager but it made him a “better person”.

“It is still obviously very raw. It is a very sad day for everyone at the club,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“Walter was an incredible leader, a very successful manager here at Rangers. He epitomised everything that this club stands for.

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“His DNA is all over the club and it is very sad news.

“He has been right behind me since day one. I have had many lunches, dinners, coffees, chats and private times with him in my office.

“He is going to be a very big loss to a lot of people. He is decorated all over the club and he will be forever because he gave many many years to the football club.

“He loved the club, he was honest and genuine. He has made me a better person.”

These comments came after Gerrard had previously paid tribute to Smith via his official Instagram account.

Rangers fans have praised Gerrard for his courage in fronting up to the media and representing the Ibrox club despite being obviously upset by the news:

 

The passing of Smith remains very raw for Rangers fans and it very much feels like a death in the family for a man who gave us all so much.

Supporters have come together to suggest one lasting tribute to Smith which is an honour bestowed on only two Rangers before him.

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