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Fans wait outside Ibrox for Walter Smith’s funeral procession

Fans wait outside Ibrox for Walter Smith’s funeral procession as the legendary manager rests after passing away in hospital at the age of 73.

  • Walter Smith died on October 26 in the hospital, but his family has chosen not to open up about the causes.
  • On Wednesday, the legendary manager was buried and his funeral procession passed through Ibrox
  • Supporters gathered outside Rangers Stadium to pay a final tribute to Smith

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Thousands of fans gathered on the outskirts of Ibrox to pay tribute to Walter Smith, the day one of the greats of Scottish football is buried.

Smith died Oct. 26 in hospital at the age of 73, but his family has not said what the specific cause was. The news of his passing drew a host of tributes from across British football.

A variety of flowers, scarves, shirts and letters of condolence were left outside Ibrox, the Rangers’ stadium, on Wednesday afternoon.

The possession of Walter Smith's funeral passes through Ibrox, where thousands of fans have gathered to pay tribute.

The possession of Walter Smith’s funeral passes through Ibrox, where thousands of fans have gathered to pay tribute.

Tributes were paid to Smith outside Ibrox, the Rangers stadium, on the day of the iconic manager's funeral.

Tributes were paid to Smith outside Ibrox, the Rangers stadium, on the day of the iconic manager's funeral.

Tributes were paid to Smith outside Ibrox, the Rangers stadium, on the day of the iconic manager’s funeral.

Fans placed flowers, scarves, shirts and flags outside Ibrox in tribute to Smith after he passed on October 26.

Fans placed flowers, scarves, shirts and flags outside Ibrox in tribute to Smith after he passed on October 26.

Fans placed flowers, scarves, shirts and flags outside Ibrox in tribute to Smith after he passed on October 26.

Thousands of fans gathered outside the iconic stadium, wanting to pay a final tribute to the legendary coach.

Thousands of fans gathered outside the iconic stadium, wanting to pay a final tribute to the legendary coach.

Thousands of fans gathered outside the iconic stadium, wanting to pay a final tribute to the legendary coach.

The legendary Smith is best known for his time with the Rangers, winning 10 league titles in two stints as coach.

The legendary Smith is best known for his time with the Rangers, winning 10 league titles in two stints as coach.

The legendary Smith is best known for his time with the Rangers, winning 10 league titles in two stints as coach.

Smith was best known for his assault spell on the Rangers, where he dominated the league with 10 titles as a manager over two stints.

He also spent time in charge at Everton, taking over at Goodison Park between 1998 and 2002.

From there, he took over as assistant to fellow Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2004, during which time they won the FA Cup.

But he moved into international management from 2004 to 2007 and saw Scotland beat France in October 2006, shooting them 70 places in the rankings.

Smith spent a period at Old Trafford, where he worked as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Smith spent a period at Old Trafford, where he worked as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

He was coach of Everton between 1998 and 2002

He was coach of Everton between 1998 and 2002

Smith also worked in England as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson and as head of Everton.

On the day of his passing, Smith’s former player and assistant Ally McCoist said on talkSPORT: “It means everything to a lot of people.

‘He was my boss, my coach, my second father and then he became one of my best friends. The loss is absolutely incredible.

‘The good thing is that he has no pain. I went to see Walter recently, spoke to him over the weekend and we knew it would be a matter of time.

But it still doesn’t take away the pain and pain. I could sit here and tell you about Walter Smith until the cows come home.

‘But what I’m going to say was the best husband, father friend, everything you want from a man. I can’t tell you how devastated I am.

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