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Walter Smith dead: Former Everton, Rangers and Scotland boss passes away aged 73


Rangers have announced the tragic passing of their legendary former manager Walter Smith, who also manager Scotland, Everton and had a stint as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Man Utd

Walter Smith has died aged 73
Walter Smith has died aged 73

Former Everton, Rangers and Scotland boss Walter Smith has passed away, aged 73.

Smith managed at Goodison for four years between 1998 and 2002, but is best known for his success at Ibrox.

In two separate spells, he led Rangers to 10 Scottish league titles, five Scottish Cups, six Scottish League Cups and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2008.

Smith also had a spell in charge of Scotland between 2004 and 2007 and was briefly assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2003/04.

A statement from Rangers read: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our former manager, chairman and club legend, Walter Smith.

Chairman, Douglas Park commented: “On behalf of the Rangers board of directors, staff and players, I convey my deep condolences to the Smith family. Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.








Smith enjoyed a glittering career at Rangers and his former club have paid tribute after his death
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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.







Smith took charge of his last game for Rangers in 2011



“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.”


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