Sir Alex Ferguson and Graeme Souness have been leading the tributes to legendary Rangers and Scottish manager Walter Smith who died at the age of 73. Smith worked under Ferguson with Manchester United and Scotland for a short time. He rejected the opportunity to work as Ferguson was considering an offer from Arsenal in 1986. Both achieved huge success on their own with Smith going on to win 10 titles with the Rangers. They teamed up for a brief stint at Manchester United winning an FA Cup in 2004.
“In all that time you were dealing with a man with a great moral compass in how he lived his life and the friendship he offered so many people.” Sir Alex Ferguson said about Walter Smith. “His contribution to football with Dundee United, Rangers, Scotland, Everton, and Man United was immense. He was only at United for a short time. But he was fantastic. He listened and showed an interest in people and helped everyone he could.”
“Even in the proud history of Glasgow Rangers, Walter Smith stands out as a colossus. He will never be forgotten.” Graeme Souness said. “Walter had a profound effect on both of our lives – certainly as a manager and a leader and a wise and trusted adviser but always as a close and treasured friend. He made time for so many people. Both of us had spoken to him privately over the past few weeks. The topic rarely strayed from football.”