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BBC Scotland rightly credited for classy Walter Smith tribute – fans have their say

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On the eve of the new year, many Rangers fans across the world will look back on the high and lows of 2021 at Ibrox.

It was a year of the jubilant success that was winning back the Scottish league title, but also a year of hurt and loss with the passing of a true Rangers icon, Walter Smith.

Last night, BBC Scotland screened their own tribute to the man. An hour long documentary charting his life and career in football, from those who worked alongsie him and played under him.

Notable contributions came from Sir Alex Ferguson, Graeme Souness and Bill Kenwright, with Chick Young of the BBC providing his own take on the infamous nineties interview when he dared to question the suitability of Brian Laudrup and Basile Boli for European competion, with Rangers. The retort from Walter Smith was as legendary as it was uncompromising.

The film heavily featured Rangers naturally, but also delved into his coaching tutelage under Jim McLean at Dundee United as well as subsequent spells at Everton, Manchester United and at the helm of Scottish football until his return to Ibrox in 2006.

It was a fine portrayal of Walter from many of those who knew him best, put together by the Beeb in tribute but striking the right tones in a positive and reflective way, to mark the recent passing the Ibrox icon.

‘Walter: A Life in Football’ is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next month.

The response from the Rangers fans, as well as others, was warm and thankful for the BBC Scotland production:


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