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Sir Alex Ferguson and Frank Lampard among football greats at Walter Smith’s funeral

Sir Alex Ferguson, Ally McCoist and Frank Lampard among the hosts of the biggest names in football at the funeral of former Rangers, Scotland and Everton coach Walter Smith

  • Galaxy of football stars attended a public memorial service in Glasgow
  • Sir Alex Ferguson and Ally McCoist were among those who paid tribute on Friday.
  • The private family funeral was held earlier this month following his death at 73.


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Sir Alex Ferguson and Ally McCoist were among those who paid tribute to former Rangers, Scotland and Everton coach Walter Smith at a public memorial service in Glasgow.

Smith was on Ferguson’s coaching teams for a stint at Manchester United and Scotland, while McCoist spent years playing with his mentor before helping him out for both Scotland and Rangers.

A private family funeral was held earlier this month following Smith’s death at the age of 73, but the service at Glasgow Cathedral allowed many soccer figures to remember his former colleague and opponent.

Football stars from across the UK have attended a public memorial service honoring Smith

Football stars from across the UK have attended a public memorial service honoring Smith

Smith was on Ferguson's training teams for a stint at Manchester United and Scotland.

Smith was on Ferguson's training teams for a stint at Manchester United and Scotland.

Smith was on Ferguson’s training teams for a stint at Manchester United and Scotland.

Former Rangers players from the two Smith spells in charge at Ibrox who attended the service included Derek McInnes, Andy Goram, Charlie Miller, Kris Boyd, Trevor Steven, Nigel Spackman, Richard Gough, Sasa Papac, Stuart McCall, Nikica Jelavic, Kenny Miller, Gordon Durie, Lee McCulloch, Neil Alexander, Kevin Thomson, Steven Pressley, Charlie Adam, Andy Gray, and Mark Hateley.

The current Rangers first team squad was also present.

Training partners also included Archie Knox, Jim Stewart, and Kenny McDowall.

Smith, who won 10 league titles in two terms as Rangers boss, died at the age of 73 on October 28.

Smith, who won 10 league titles in two terms as Rangers boss, died at the age of 73 on October 28.

Smith, who won 10 league titles in two terms as Rangers boss, died at the age of 73 on October 28.

Frank Lampard was among the galaxy of stars at the memorial service on Friday.

Frank Lampard was among the galaxy of stars at the memorial service on Friday.

Frank Lampard was among the galaxy of stars at the memorial service on Friday.

Duncan Ferguson, who played with Smith at Ibrox and Everton, was also among the guests.

A match that represented Celtic included former managers Davie Hay and Neil Lennon alongside former captain Roy Aitken and current and recent CEOs Michael Nicholson and Peter Lawwell. Another former Celtic coach, Gordon Strachan, had arrived earlier.

A contingent from Dundee United, where Smith spent most of his playing days and began his coaching career, included Paul Hegarty, Maurice Malpas and Hamish McAlpine. Former United and Rangers forward Davie Dodds was also in attendance.

Other soccer personalities included former Chelsea players Mark Hughes and Frank Lampard, former Leeds and Scotland player Eddie Gray, former Everton and Scotland left-back Gary Naysmith, and Brechin coach Dick Campbell, a friend of Smith. for a long time.

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown (C) and Rangers legend Ally McCoist (L) were on duty

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown (C) and Rangers legend Ally McCoist (L) were on duty

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown (C) and Rangers legend Ally McCoist (L) were on duty

In attendance were former Scotland coaches Craig Brown and Craig Levein, as well as Scottish Football Association representatives Rod Petrie, Mike Mulraney, Ian Maxwell and Dr John MacLean.

Neil Doncaster and Murdoch MacLennan represented the Scottish Professional Football League.

The league’s current coaches included Robbie Neilson of Hearts and Graham Alexander of Motherwell, who both played under Smith for Scotland.

The current Rangers first-team roster was also present at the public funeral.

The current Rangers first-team roster was also present at the public funeral.

The current Rangers first-team roster was also present at the public funeral.

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