Ibrox sadness

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith dies at 73

Winner: Smith (pic: SNS Group)

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

Smith, a key figure in Ibrox history, won 10 league titles during two spells as manager, including seven consecutive titles in the club’s run of nine in a row. 

He also led the club to five Scottish Cup victories, six Scottish League Cups and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2008.

He was manager of Everton from 1998 to 2002 and took charge of Scotland between 2004 and 2007. He was 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.

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