Rangers club legend Walter Smith was included in Premier League club Everton’s pre-match tribute video.
Smith, who managed the Toffees between 1998 and 2002, was included in the touching video which also had pictures of former players and supporters who had sadly passed away during 2021.
Whilst Smith’s period managing the Premier League side wasn’t a universal success, he is obviously still well thought of by everyone associated with the club.
Everton paid tribute to the Scottish football legend in their first game since the passing of Smith was announced by wearing black armbands for the fixture against Wolves.
Walter passed away in October following a battle with illness and his death was met with tributes from the footballing world.
The man will go down as one of the finest British managers after his incredible success with Rangers over two spells and the Scottish national team.
A documentary on the great man was shown over the festive period and his presence still reverberates throughout the footballing world. Tributes were given by esteemed figures such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Graeme Souness.
The program was emotional and tugged at the heartstrings, but it was an excellent portrayal of a man who should be recognised alongside Ferguson, Busby, Stein, and Shankly as one of the greatest managers this country has produced.
Although too young to remember Smith during his first spell at the club, his comeback in 2007 brought some of my favourite memories following the Gers over the years.
Who can forget the wonderful European run, the three titles in a row, and sustained domestic success? Legend status often gets exaggerated these days, yet I doubt anyone will disagree with the fact that Walter Smith was a footballing legend.