German club Hamburger SV have paid tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith after he passed away, aged 73.

Rangers announced the devastating news on Tuesday morning.

Tributes have flooded in from around Scottish football and fans have already suggested that an Ibrox stand be named after the former Gers manager and chairman.

Smith wasn’t just an influential figure in Scotland, though.

He, of course, also managed Everton between 1998 and 2002 and many Premier League clubs have also sent their condolences.

 

Messages have come from further afield, too, with Rangers’ partner club HSV sending a heartfelt message of their own.

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“A very sad day for our friends at Rangers and in Scotland,” reads a tweet from the German club’s English language account [HSV English] “We would like to send our deepest condolences and thoughts to the club, the Smith family & friends.”

“A legend of the game that won’t be forgotten.”

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Hamburger SV have paid tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Rangers are taking on Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday evening in what will be the first fixture after Smith’s passing and it’s sure to be an extremely emotional occasion.

A top-quality international is likely to return to the Rangers starting XI for the game.

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