Rangers have announced the passing of Ibrox legend Walter Smith at the age of 73 as fans across the globe mourn Rangers royalty.

A club legend in the truest sense of the word, Walter’s legacy sees him etched into Ibrox history alongside the greatest ever Rangers.

Smith’s name echoes along the corridors of Ibrox along with the likes of Bill Struth and John Greig and he will always remain amongst the names most synonymous with all things Rangers.

In a short statement, Rangers announced the legendary former manager and chairman’s passing this morning with words from current chairman Douglas Park.

“On behalf of the Rangers board of directors, staff and players, I convey my deep condolences to the Smith family,” said Park.

Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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“It is almost impossible to encapsulate what Walter meant to every one of us at Rangers. He embodied everything that a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was second to none, and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first team manager.

“I spoke with Walter as recently as last weekend. Even when he was battling illness, he was still able to provide advice and support. For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he continued also to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.

“Walter will be sorely missed by all of us at Rangers.

 

“Winning 10 top-flight titles as manager, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups, as well as leading his club to the UEFA Cup Final in 2008, he will be remembered by the football community across the world.

“His spells as Scotland manager as well as managing in the English Premier League underlined his credentials as one of the great modern day football managers.

“However, for Rangers supporters, he was much more than just a football manager. Walter was a friend to many, a leader, an ambassador and most of all-a legend.”

Rangers announce passing of legendary former manager Walter Smith

Rangers have urged fans to respect the Smith family’s privacy during this difficult time and have assured them any further updates will be given via club channels.

Walter won 10 league titles across two spells as Ibrox manager, as well as five Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

First taking over in 1991, Walter earned seven of Rangers’ 9IAR and would return in 2007 to win three league championships in a row and reach a UEFA Cup Final in 2008.

Kilmarnock v Rangers

Walter Smith was synonymous with winning trophies at Ibrox. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Prior to moving into management Smith played as a defender with Dundee United, Dallas Tornado and Dumbarton.

Walter also managed Everton in the Premier League and managed the Scotland national team between 2004 and 2007, almost guiding them to the European Championships in 2008 in a group containing France and Italy.

We will be paying greater tribute to the great man throughout the day and our condolences go to firstly Walter’s family and friends but also to every Rangers supporter.

RIP – Walter Smith 1948-2021

Kilmarnock v Rangers

(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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