Celtic legends and supporters pay tribute to Walter Smith after sad passing

By Euan Davidson

October 26, 2021

Celtic legends and supporters alike have reacted with sadness to the passing of former Rangers and Scotland manager Walter Smith.

The dictionary definition of a worthy adversary, Smith won 7 of Rangers’ 9 in a row in the 90s, before stints with Everton and the Scotland national team. He returned to Ibrox in 2007, leading Rangers to three more titles and a UEFA Cup Final.

A statement from Rangers FC read:

“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.

“Walter will be sorely missed by all of us at Rangers.”

A man respected by much of the Celtic support, Smith was a close friend of former Bhoys player and manager Tommy Burns. Smith was a pallbearer when the Celtic legend passed in 2008, and the two worked together for Scotland.

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A genuine gentleman on and off the pitch, even as a Rangers supporter and famous manager, his respect for Celtic was obvious. It’s no wonder, then, that Celtic supporters and former players alike have reverence for a giant of the Scottish game.

Celtic players and supporters cross the aisle to show respect for Walter Smith

A formidable foe, Walter Smith was the thorn in Celtic’s side for many a year. However, the way he conducted himself meant that he garnered respect across Scottish football.

Smith’s passing has led to tributes from several Celtic greats, as well as supporters, who are reaching out across the rivalry to offer condolences: