Wayne Rooney has paid tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith after he passed away, aged 73.

Rangers announced the devastating news on Tuesday morning and messages flooded in from around the footballing world throughout the day.

Fans have suggested that a stand be named after Smith at Ibrox, while clubs have put rivalries aside to send condolences to the former Gers manager and chairman’s family.

A number of high-profile individuals have made it clear that he had a major influence on their lives or careers, and Wayne Rooney took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share his own heartfelt tribute.

New Everton Manager Walter Smith

Rangers legend Walter Smith had an impact on a young Wayne Rooney as he was starting out at Everton. (Photo by Allsport UK /Allsport)

The Man United and England great started his career at Everton and was coming up through the youth ranks when Smith had the reins at Goodison Park.

‘Devastated to hear the sad news about Walter Smith,’ wrote the current Derby County boss.

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‘Great man and a legend of the game. Condolences go to all his family and friends. RIP Walter.’

On Wednesday night, Rangers will be in action for the first time since Smith’s passing, in a league fixture against Aberdeen at Ibrox.

The match is now expected to be a sell-out and it’s set to be an extremely emotional evening as a great man is remembered.

Ahead of the game, Steven Gerrard has received praise for an emotional interview he gave not long after the sad news was announced.

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