Messages to Walter Smith have poured in after it was confirmed the former Everton and Scotland boss had undergone an operation.

The 73-year-old had the procedure on Monday and is currently in hospital. Family of the former Everton and Scotland man have requested privacy as he recovers from the operation.

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Former Everton and Scotland manager Walter Smith is in hospital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Smith was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant Scotland assistant in the 1980s before becoming Rangers manager, going to become the most successful Gers boss since Bill Struth over two spells at Ibrox.

After his first Rangers stint ended in 1998, Smith tried his hand south of the border with Everton, where he spent three full seasons before a short stint as Manchester United assistant manager alongside Ferguson once more.

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Smith’s next job was the Scotland national team, appointed in December 2004 after the disappointing Bertie Vogts era. He improved the nation’s world ranking by 70 places and guided Scotland to the famous win over France in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

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Improved the national team. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

He is also well-remembered as a player at Dundee United and Dumbarton. Several clubs and people alike from across football have sent their messages to the former Everton and Scotland boss.

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