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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says Walter Smith ‘made me a better person’ in emotional tribute

Tearful Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says Walter Smith ‘made me a better person’ in emotional tribute to Ibrox legend’s death

  • Steven Gerrard has spoken of the impact Walter Smith had on him in the Rangers
  • Gerrard said that Smith ‘had been behind me from day one’ at the club
  • Smith achieved legendary status in Ibrox, earning 21 trophies in two spells


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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard fought back tears when he spoke of Walter Smith, who died at 73, making him “a better person.”

Smith, who also managed Everton and Scotland between terms as Ibrox manager, led Rangers to 10 top flight titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups, as well as the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

Ahead of Wednesday’s home Premiership game against Aberdeen, Gerrard, in an emotional interview with Rangers TV, spoke about the impact Smith had on him since moving into the Gers hot seat in 2018.

Steven Gerrard has spoken of the impact Walter Smith had on him since he became the Rangers boss.

Steven Gerrard has spoken of the impact Walter Smith had on him since he became the Rangers boss.

He said: ‘Obviously it is still very raw, but it is a very sad day for everyone who is connected to the club.

“Walter was an incredible leader, a very successful coach here at Rangers and he embodied everything this club stands for. His DNA is all over the club and it is obviously very sad news.

‘He has been after me since day one. I had many lunches, dinners, coffees and talks and private time with him in the office.

Smith, who died at 73, gave the Rangers success during two stints as coach.

Smith, who died at 73, gave the Rangers success during two stints as coach.

Smith, who died at 73, gave the Rangers success during two stints as coach.

Obviously, it’s going to be a huge loss and a lot of people will miss it.

He is decorated throughout the club and will be forever because he gave this club many years. He was honest, genuine and has made me a better person so I have nothing but good words to say.

“I have been the lucky one to meet him and spend time with him, so many other people will have their own special memories of a great man.

‘It’s going to be exciting in the days and weeks to come, but the best tribute that I and we as a team can do is stand together, put the fans behind us and try to win the game (on Wednesday). That will be the best tribute we can give. ‘

Smith celebrates the success of eight straight titles in 1996 with Archie Knox (left) and Paul Gascoigne.

Smith celebrates the success of eight straight titles in 1996 with Archie Knox (left) and Paul Gascoigne.

Smith celebrates the success of eight straight titles in 1996 with Archie Knox (left) and Paul Gascoigne.

Gerrard admits that Smith’s death will make the Dons’ visit even more difficult, but he’s looking for the three points to keep the Light Blues at least three points ahead of Hearts at the top of the table.

He said: ‘When you play Aberdeen it’s difficult anyway because they are a good team.

And obviously the news on (Tuesday) will make it even more difficult, of course it is.

But we have to be united, the fans, the players, everyone in the club and do our best in the circumstances and, as I say, the greatest tribute we can do is remember and honor him by trying to put on a performance and get three points for him. and his family ‘.

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