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.
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.
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.
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.
A Sons player from 1975 to 1977 and one of our team in the 1976 Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts. And one of Scottish football's most successful managers.
Everybody at Dumbarton FC wishes Walter Smith a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/jaOz3BEA52
— Dumbarton FC (@Dumbartonfc) March 13, 2021
Get well soon gaffer. A brilliant manager and even better man. https://t.co/FEZJEZKeF4
— Gary caldwell (@garycaldwell05) March 13, 2021
Get well soon Walter Smith 🙏🏻 https://t.co/YhVKRe6lPl
— Open Goal (@opengoalsport) March 13, 2021
Get well soon gaffer 💙 https://t.co/SOVOSAhcTP
— GreggWylde39 (@GreggWylde39) March 13, 2021
Get well soon Walter Smith a true Scottish icon in the footballing world and exceptional coach 🏴
— Jamie Langfield (@jamlang22) March 13, 2021
Everyone at the Scottish FA wishes Walter a speedy recovery.
Get well soon.
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 13, 2021
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