The funeral of former Rangers coach Walter Smith will take place Wednesday with the cortege passing through his beloved Ibrox Stadium.
The former head of Scotland and Everton died at 73 after a period of illness.
He achieved legendary status in Ibrox, with 21 trophies in two spells, making him the second most successful Rangers boss behind Bill Struth. He won seven titles out of nine in a row from the Rangers in the 1990s and returned to Ibrox in 2007.
The Rangers have announced that his funeral will be held this week and also said that a memorial service will be held at Glasgow Cathedral on November 19. They said their courtship will visit Ibrox at 3.15pm before traveling to a private service.
The club said: ‘The passing of Walter Smith has moved all members of the Rangers family and the club can update today that plans are being put in place for a public memorial service.
The memorial will take place on Friday, November 19 at Glasgow Cathedral. Please note that this will be an invite-only event. The service will be available for free through RangersTV.
Walter Smith’s funeral will be held on Wednesday after the legendary manager’s death at age 73.
Smith won 21 major trophies with the Rangers during his two stints as coach of the Ibrox side.
Smith celebrates his sixth Rangers title in 1996 alongside Archie Knox (left) and Paul Gascoigne (right)
“A private family funeral will be held for Walter on Wednesday, November 3, before the public funeral. As a club, we ask that this privacy be respected by all fans, the general public and the media.
‘The intention of the procession is to pass Ibrox at 3.15pm, entering from Helen Street, driving in the direction of Paisley Road West before rejoining the motorway.
“The club would like to place on record its appreciation to our supporters, supporters of other clubs and the community at large for their kind words and support at this difficult time.”
Smith’s death provoked a torrent of pain and heartfelt tributes. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said: ‘Thank you for all your wisdom, support and friendship. You meant the world to everyone in the Rangers.
In a club statement announcing the news, President Douglas Park added: ‘It is almost impossible to sum up what Walter meant to each of us at Rangers.
Tributes were made at Ibrox after the deaths of the former head of Scotland, Rangers and Everton.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (left) and his assistant Gary McAllister (right) laid out a wreath
‘He embodied everything a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was unsurpassed and will endure in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first team technical director.
I spoke to Walter last weekend. Even when he was battling the disease, he was still able to provide advice and support. For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he also continued to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.
“ We will all miss Walter deeply at Rangers. To Rangers fans, he was much more than a football coach. Walter was a friend to many, a leader, an ambassador and, above all, a legend ”.
Ally McCoist, who played on Smith’s Ibrox team in the 1990s and later was his assistant coach with Scotland and Rangers, said: ‘He was my boss, my coach, my second dad and then he became one of my best friends.
‘The loss is absolutely incredible. He was the best husband, father, friend, everything you want from a man. I can’t tell you how devastated I am.
A minute’s silence was observed before kickoff last week and a banner was put up in honor of Smith.
A photo of Smith appeared on the big screen, as well as ‘always remembered’ on the bulletin boards.
As a defender, Smith played more than 200 games for Dundee United, where he began his coaching career with Jim McLean at the age of 29 when a pelvic injury forced him to retire early.
He also participated in Dumbarton and was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at the 1986 World Cup, but it was as a coach that Smith made his mark.
After moving from Tannadice to Rangers in 1986 as Graeme Souness’ number two, he assumed command in 1991 and embarked on a nearly decade of dominance, including the national treble in 1993, to equal Celtic’s record of nine consecutive titles in 1997.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to soccer the same year. Smith assisted Ferguson once more in 2004, joining Manchester United’s coaching staff.
Following the end of his second term as Rangers manager, Smith spent a three-month term as president of Ibrox in 2013, but resigned from the position.
The Rangers confirmed in March that Smith was recovering in hospital after surgery.