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Rangers reveal plans for Walter Smith statue at Ibrox

Rangers revealed the plans on the first anniversary of the former manager's death.

Rangers reveal plans for Walter Smith statue at Ibrox SNS Group

A statue of legendary Rangers manager Walter Smith will be built at Ibrox stadium in tribute to his achievements at the club.

The plans were revealed in an announcement on the first anniversary of his death on Wednesday.

Smith, who also managed Scotland and Everton during his career, won ten league titles and 11 domestic cups over two spells at Rangers.

He also led them to the UEFA Cup Final in 2008 after returning to Ibrox after just under a decade away.

Smith first took charge of Rangers in 1991 after replacing Graeme Souness in the hot seat before leaving in 1998.

During nine years away from Ibrox he managed at Goodison, had a spell in charge of the national team and a coaching role under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

He returned for another four-year stint in 2007 and brought title glory back to Rangers with three league titles in a row.

He died at the age of 73 last year.

A club statement confirmed his likeness will become a permanent feature at the stadium where he enjoyed so much success.

It read: “On the first anniversary of his passing, Rangers Football Club are today pleased to announce a statue of legendary manager Walter Smith has been commissioned to commemorate his incredible achievements at the club.

“In the modern era, nobody contributed more to Rangers than Walter. He served as assistant manager, manager, and chairman, with his spells as manager yielding an incredible 10 top-flight titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

“A boyhood supporter who more than lived the dream, future generations will be met with this new sculpture at the famed Copland Road end of Ibrox Stadium.”