Hundreds of Rangers fans line street as Walter Smith makes final trip to Ibrox

Hundreds of Rangers fans lined the streets of Govan as Walter Smith made his last journey to Ibrox this afternoon.

Mourning supporters gathered to pay their tributes to their former manager, who died at the age of 73 last week, as the cortege passed down Edmiston Drive shortly after 3pm.

Emotional fans gathered along the streets outside the stadium with most wearing dark clothing, while others donned the club colours.

Fans held scarves and carried flags to pay tribute to Smith, who also managed Everton and Scotland.

They placed memorabilia at the Ibrox gates to pay tribute the club legend before lining the street awaiting the cortege.

Many were in tears as a round of applause erupted at around 3.05pm as Smith’s coffin was driven down the road.

Behind the cortege was Smith’s grieving family and friends in hearses and fans threw roses and scarfs towards the vehicles in an emotional tribute.

As the cortege passed by, many of the crowd dispersed, while others stood and reflected on their memories of the club legend.

Andrew Mcneilly, 49, from Cumbernauld said: “When I think of Walter I think nine in a row – the greatest manager ever. Memories upon memories, Manchester, everything.

“He was Mr Rangers through and through. Today is very emotional but it was good to see such a good turn out for Mr Rangers himself.

“He was always be remembered for everything he’s done for Rangers.

“It’s been very emotional and it was great to see some fans from Celtic down placing strips. It was great to see the other side of Glasgow coming out because he was Mr Football. He meant everything to Scotland too.

College worker Jodie Mcnair, 29, from Cumbernauld: “For me and a lot of people from my generation Walter Smith is Mr Rangers. He was part of the glory days when we were younger and a lot of people’s special memories of Rangers are a direct effect of Walter Smith and his time here.

“It was an amazing turn out today, but I wouldn’t expect anything less for such a great guy. Considering a lot of our fans have already travelled for our game tomorrow night, there would have been even more.”

Rob Baiton, 41, from Kilbirnie, who works for Sky, said: “He meant everything to us. He was Mr Rangers, ‘the gaffer’.

“It was fantastic that so many people could make it here in the middle of the week. It was amazing tribute to Walter.”

Fergus Hendrie, 40, from Kilmarnock, who works at Ibrox on match days said: “I work for Ibrox in the car park and I’ve met Walter. He was a fantastic guy, a fantastic player, and a fantastic manager. He will be very sadly missed.

“I’ve had a lot of past sadness, but I am proud to be here for Walter Smith.”

Bus driver William Mcinnes, 60, from Kilwinning added: “Walter Smith meant everything to us. He supported the club through the good times and the bad times.

“You couldn’t meet a nicer guy.

“It was a fantastic turn out, you couldn’t count them but it felt like a good few thousand were here. I came down from Ayrshire to see him and it was just phenomenal.”

Jean Houston, 55, from Dalry said: “Walter Smith meant everything to me. My son as well, he’s 36 and all his life all he remembers in Walter Smith.

“He was a great guy, we loved him. I wouldn’t have missed being here for anything. It meant everything to be here.

“What a turn out, he deserved it in every way.”

Smith’s passing rocked world football last week with tributes being sent around the globe.

Walter Smith passes away aged 73

As well as the private family funeral, a public memorial will be held later this month.

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