Rangers’ official confirmation Walter Smith’s funeral will be a private family-only affair and the memorial will be invite-only might be a little disappointing for the thousands of fans who wanted to say goodbye one last time, but the cortege will make its way through Govan giving those fans that chance anyway.
The general public who wish to pay their respects can both line those streets, and of course watch the memorial via Rangers TV free of charge, so in this-still Covid era, maybe it’s the sensible line of action anyway.
End of the day, sparing a thought for the great man on the day will be respect enough, however your capacity to do it is affected or not.
Govan will be crammed in the streets as the procession makes its way to his ceremony, before he is laid to rest in his final stop. And that’s about as much as we can ask for.
The Smith family are legendarily private, and are kindly allowing the memorial to be broadcast – and they’re doing that for the man, and the fans.
We have all lost someone, but we all lost someone last week, and whatever the family wants is absolutely respected by us.
Rest In Peace, Walter.