Rangers fans are preparing to watch a special documentary which charts the life of legendary Ibrox figure Walter Smith, following his passing at 73 this year.

BBC Scotland have been promoting the special release all week as some of the biggest names in British sport come together to celebrate the life of Walter.

Walter: A Life in Football will be aired at 9pm on BBC One on Thursday 30th December and will chart the legendary Ibrox manager’s two stints at the Gers, his spell with Scotland and his time at Everton.

But more than this is will look at the remarkable impact Walter Smith has had on those players, coaches and people with whom he worked in his career.


With contributions from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Graeme Souness and even Wayne Rooney, it promises to be an emotional insight into the impact of Walter the manager, and Walter the man.

Walter Smith documentary will be emotional for Rangers supporters

Sir Walter – as he was affectionately known by Rangers supporters – was a giant of the footballing world and that showed in the immense tributes paid to Smith after his passing.

Walter Smith had huge influence across the game but it’s his time at Rangers were he is most remembered, the iconic manager winning 21 trophies across two spells at the club.

A former footballer with Dundee United, Rangers was Walter’s boyhood club and whilst he never played for the Gers, his legacy is woven into the fabric of Ibrox.

Rangers’ greatest modern manager, the respect held for Walter amongst some of the biggest names in football speaks volumes about his influence.

A recent memorial service held in Walter’s honour at Glasgow Cathedral drew some of the biggest names in the sport as Ally McCoist, Sir Alex Ferguson and figures close to the man paid tribute.

In an iconic year for Rangers – where the club managed to win that legendary 55th title and their first for a decade – the year will be tinged with sadness on reflection come the bells.

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In Rangers circles there was no bigger achievement than that legendary Scottish Premiership crown in May, but no bigger loss than Walter Smith in November.

The BBC Scotland documentary promises to be a fitting tribute to the Rangers manager and coming up to the turn of the year a chance to reflect on the legacy of Walter Smith.

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