Not an article we at Ibrox Noise ever wanted to be writing, but today the 26th of October we lost the Rangers Family’s father, Walter Smith.
There are few words to do this man, this legend justice, so we’re not going to try.
All we can say is we will miss him terribly, he was a hero to thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of us, a man who gave us so much joy, elation, heartbreak, and the infinite numbers of emotions which come with being a football fan.
With being a Rangers fan.
With growing up with this colossus as part of your childhood, knowing nothing else more than Walter Smith and his Rangers, a second father to your life.
He was, as many point out, about as decent a man as they come, and manages the nearly-impossible by not only uniting the Old Firm, but Scottish football in general.
No one has a bad word to say about Walter Smith – Celtic hated him for how good he was, but respected him, as we did with Tommy Burns.
And it’s men like this, an increasingly-rare breed, who make up the fabric of what we wish Scottish football was like again.
Walter, you were a true man, a true legend, and fought the greatest fight.
You gave us Leeds, Manchester, 9IAR, and so much more.
And we hope you’re at peace now and sticking a few past Tommy up there.
RIP Sir Walter.