Summer Rangers signing John Lundstram has uploaded a picture of himself with Ibrox legend Walter Smith in a surprise snap from his Everton days.
Lundstram, 27, came through the youth ranks at Goodison Park and would’ve been in and around the club during Smith’s tenure at the turn of the millennium.
Walter with a young Lundstram pic.twitter.com/ou0Pkk2LqC
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Taking to his official Instagram account, Lundstram uploaded the picture to his story accompanied by a blue loveheart.
It’s a bit of a surprise pic and shows the wide-ranging influence Walter had around football in the United Kingdom.
Rangers legend Smith spent almost four years with the Toffees between 1998 and 2002 but struggled to make the same impact he did up north during a period of upheaval on Merseyside.
However, Smith did manage to retain the club’s Premier League status and it is from this that they have built over the course of the last two decades.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright paid tribute to Walter Smith following his passing and said football had lost a “great leader and great man” following Smith’s death.
“He was one of the very best people I was lucky enough to meet in my lifetime in football,” said Kenwright [Everton].
“A man of loyalty, integrity and great talent. Strong when he needed to be but with a mischievous sense of humour that could ease even the most tense situations.
“Walter and I shared a lot together during the takeover years but among many, many examples of real friendship, one will always stick out.
“We had just… tearfully… agreed his farewell to Goodison, when he slapped his hands together and said ‘Okay Bill, who are we going to get to manage this great club of ours?’
“Even in a moment of real sadness, he refused to put himself first…one of the true attributes of a great leader. And that’s exactly what Walter Smith was. A great leader. And a great man.”
A very sad day for football. Walter Smith OBE, former Rangers, Scotland and Everton manager, has passed away. A man held in high regard by all his players.
Our thoughts are with Walter's loved ones at this tough time. 💙
— Everton (@Everton) October 26, 2021
John Lundstram came through the youth ranks at Everton but never made a first-team appearance for the club amid a series of loan moves.
The midfielder joined Rangers in the summer following spells with Oxford United and Sheffield United, for whom he played in the Premier League.
Bill Kenwright isn’t the only influential figure from down south praising Walter either as a Barcelona legend gives his two cents on the Great man.