Rangers legend Ally McCoist fights back tears in moving Walter Smith tribute

Rangers legend Ally McCoist gave an emotional on-air tribute to his former manager Walter Smith following his passing at the age of 73 this week.

The legendary figure of Scottish football won 10-top flight titles with the club across two spells as manager, as well as five Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

Smith also had spells in charge of Everton and Scotland before his retirement back in 2011, and has left behind his wife Ethel, sons Neil and Steven as well as his grandchildren.

McCoist, who scored 355 goals across his 418 Rangers appearances and won seven league titles under Smith, has since offered his own tribute while fighting through tears on talkSPORT.

He said: "He means everything to a lot of folk, myself included. He was my boss, my coach, my second father and then turned into one of my best friends.

"The loss is absolutely incredible to tell you the truth.

"The good thing is he's not in pain. I went to see Walter recently, I spoke to him on Saturday and I was going to see him on Sunday but he was too unwell and there was an inevitability about this horrible illness and we knew that it would be a matter of time.

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"However, it still does not take away the pain and the grief.

"I could sit here and tell you about Walter Smith until the cows come home, about how good a manager, how good a coach and a football man he was.

"But what I will say he was the best husband, father, friend, everything you would expect from a man.

"I can't tell you how devastated I am."

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.

“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.

“I spoke with Walter as recently as last weekend. Even when he was battling illness, he was still able to provide advice and support. For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he continued also to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.

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

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