Scotland loses football giant in Walter Smith

Sports | REUTERS 27 Oct 2021

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

Rangers, with whom the former Dundee United defender had two spells as manager - 1991-98 and 2007-11 - offered condolences to his family.

Chairman Douglas Park said Smith "embodied everything a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was second to none and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with."

Smith won 10 league titles with Rangers as well as five Scottish Cups and six League Cups. He also took Rangers to the 2008 Uefa Cup final.

Smith was assistant to then Scotland manager Alex Ferguson at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and became manager of the national team in 2004. He returned to Rangers in 2007 after Scotland failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals.

His four-year stint in the English Premier League with Everton ended with his dismissal in 2002.

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