EM – Point of view: Rangers legend Smith a huge loss to football

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The word legend is often circulated very loosely when it comes to sports stars. But it wasn’t an inappropriate description of former Rangers manager Walter Smith.

He was a man steeped in the club’s tradition, which haunted it from childhood, and his two-term record – 10 titles in the top division, five Scottish cups and six league cups as well as the lead in the blue half of Glasgow up to the Uefa Cup final in 2008 – endures the comparison with the very best.

Smith, who died at the age of 73, was in charge also Scotland and Everton, but he is always most associated with the Rangers.

He was admired at all levels of the game and had the unusual talent of earning reluctant admiration from bitter city rivals Celtic.

Those who knew him best speak of his character and leadership skills and how they saw him as a true friend.

There is a fine tradition of never saying badly about the dead e.g. u speak but no one has a bad word about this legend of the game which will be a sadder place when he dies.

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