FORMER Rangers and Scotland manager Walter Smith has died at the age of 73.

The Ibrox club announced the passing of the football legend and Helensburgh resident this morning (Tuesday).

Winning 10 top-flight titles as manager, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups, as well leading his club to the UEFA Cup final in 2008, he was also honorary president of Ardencaple Football Club.

As a player he was part of the Dumbarton squad which reached the Scottish Cup semi-final in 1976.

Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, said: “I send my deepest condolences to Walter’s wife, family and friends at this sad time.

“He is most well-known for his hugely successful career as Ranger’s manager but Walter also played for our local team, Dumbarton FC and it was while Walter was playing for Dumbarton that we managed to reach the semi-final of the Scottish Cup in 1976.

“Walter was a giant in Scottish and international football and his legacy will live on, inspiring generations of football fans for years to come.”

Rangers chairman, Douglas Park said: “On behalf of the Rangers board of directors, staff and players, I convey my deep condolences to the Smith family. Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

“It is almost impossible to encapsulate what Walter meant to every one of us at Rangers. He embodied everything that a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was second to none, and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first team manager.

“I spoke with Walter as recently as last weekend. Even when he was battling illness, he was still able to provide advice and support. For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he continued also to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard.

“Walter will be sorely missed by all of us at Rangers."