Rangers President Douglas Park told the Rangers website: âOn behalf of the Rangers board, staff and players, I extend my sincere condolences to the Smith family. Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, who are all in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
âIt’s almost impossible to sum up what Walter meant to all of us at Rangers. He embodied everything a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was second to none and will long live in the memory of all those he worked with during his two terms as the team’s first manager.
âI spoke with Walter just last weekend. Even when battling the disease, he was still able to provide advice and support. For this I am personally grateful. I know he also continued to maintain a dialogue with senior executives, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.
âWalter will be sadly missed by all of us at the Rangers.
âWinning 10 top managerial titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups, as well as leading his club to the UEFA Cup final in 2008, he will be remembered by the football community at worldwide.
“His spells as manager of Scotland as well as in the English Premier League have underlined his credentials as one of the great football managers of modern times.
âHowever, to Rangers fans he was more than just a football coach. Walter was a friend to many, a leader, an ambassador and most of all – a legend.