Walter Smith dies at age 73

Walter Smith dies at age 73

Walter Smith dies at age 73

Walter Smith dies at age 73

Walter Smith dies at age 73

Former Rangers, Everton and Scotland manager Walter Smith has died at the age of 73.

Smith achieved legendary status at Ibrox, with 21 trophies in two spells making him the second most successful Rangers

boss ever behind Bill Struth.

He won the latter seven titles of Rangers’ nine-in-a-row run in the 1990s and returned to Ibrox in 2007.

Between those stints, he had four years at Everton and two with Scotland before being enticed back to the Glasgow club.

His second spell in charge delivered three more titles and a Uefa Cup final appearance, in 2008.

His death comes in the same year Rangers clinched their first top-flight title since Smith’s final season in charge in 2011.

Posted with a picture of him and Smith on Instagram, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said: “Thank you for all your wisdom,

support and friendship. You meant the world to everyone at Rangers.”

In a club statement announcing the news, chairman Douglas Park added: “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 Smith is the genius and wise man that can dominate and lead his team to get the glory of the game as well as succeed in

everytime he wanted to be.

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