Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has paid tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith.
Rangers announced at 10am this morning that Smith had sadly passed away, aged 73.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 26, 2021
Tributes have since poured in from around the footballing world, showing just how well-liked and respected the former Gers boss and chairman was.
As well as two trophy-laden spells at Ibrox, Smith managed Everton and Scotland.
Alexander, who amassed 40 caps for Scotland between 2002 and 2009, played under Smith and paid tribute to him during a press conference ahead of Motherwell’s midweek clash with St Mirren.
“It is terrible news, terrible,” he said [Motherwell FC Twitter]. “I knew – everybody knew – he had been ill this year. I didn’t realise to what extent.”
“Just fantastic memories of the man, for me. He sent me a great message when I came up here to work at Motherwell. Fantastic man to think of me at that time.
“I owe the resurgence of my Scotland career to him. He called me up after a while out of the squad and I had my best spell as a Scotland player playing for Walter.
“A brilliant man, first and foremost, from my experience of how he was on the human side of things. How he treated everybody and I mean everybody, not just the players but absolutely everyone who had the pleasure of being in his company. To play under him was an absolute privilege.”
The manager pays tribute to Walter Smith. pic.twitter.com/k9r3d3E7xu
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) October 26, 2021
A number of other Premiership clubs have tweeted tributes and sent their condolences over the past few hours, including Aberdeen, who will be taking on Rangers in a league match at Ibrox tomorrow night.
All at AFC send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Walter Smith, and to everyone at Rangers FC, at this terribly sad time. https://t.co/tMLUgMQGw6
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) October 26, 2021
Some Rangers fans have already called on the club to name a stand at Ibrox after Smith.