Walter Smith: The games that defined his career as manager of Rangers, Everton & Scotland

Walter Smith (centre), won his first trophy just weeks after becoming Rangers manager
Walter Smith, who died at the age of 73, began and ended his managerial career with Rangers, where he had two spells that sandwiched spells in charge Everton and Scotland.

BBC Scotland reflects on the most memorable matches in his managerial career.

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen, 1991

Smith was Graeme Souness’ assistant at Ibrox for nearly five years before Souness moved to Liverpool. Smith assumed the role of manager and won his first two games, but lost his third.

Aberdeen was able to win the Scottish Premier Division, coming to Ibrox and avoiding defeat. Smith and his Rangers squad, which had been successful for many years, were under immense pressure to deliver. But they delivered.

Smith won his first trophy as manager with the double of Mark Hateley. Fans were confident that Smith was the right man to lead Rangers forward.

Marseille 1-1 Rangers, 1993

Smith and Rangers won a league and the Scottish Cup twice in 1991-92. The club was also dominant domestically in the following campaign.

Rangers' Champions League campaign began unbeaten. It was between them, Marseille and Marseille for a spot in the final. Only the winners of the two groups advanced.

Both sides had drawn at Ibrox, and both had beaten Club Bruges (CSKA Moscow) and Club Bruges (CSKA Moscow). They would have been in pole position to reach final if there had been a French winner.

Franck Sauzee opened the match for Marseille, but Ian Durrant scored for Rangers in half-time. The group was decided in the final round of fixtures.

Bruges won Marseille, while Rangers lost to CSKA. This was the 15th year that the Ibrox team had been closest to reaching a European final.

Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen, 1993

Rangers were on the move in 1993

Rangers' European adventure ended that season, but the Rangers resolutely silenced all opponents at home with their first domestic triple in 15 years.

In this Scottish Cup final victory against old foes, Neil Murray and Mark Hateley scored.

This would mark the height of Rangers' dominance in Smith's era.

Dundee United, 0-1 Rangers 1997

Rangers' ninth consecutive league title in 1997 was the pinnacle of their success.

Rangers won titles and came closer to matching Celtics' record of nine consecutive titles.

Brian Laudrup, Paul Gascoigne and Paul Gascoigne were marquee signers. It was a Laudrup header at Tannadice that secured Rangers' record-breaking title.

Although the Rangers did not win the 10th title, Smith was able to retire from Ibrox as a great manager.

1999: Liverpool 0-1 Everton

1999: Everton won a narrow victory at Anfield

Smith managed Everton as the second club he ever managed, and the scene was quite different from what he experienced in Scotland.

Smith was sacked at the close of 2001-02 season after securing lower-half finishes in all three seasons.

His Goodison Park tenure was marked by a 1-0 win over Liverpool city rivals. This victory was thanks to Kevin Campbell, one of Smith's most important signings. For another win at Anfield, Everton would need to wait until the last season.

France 1-0 Scotland, 2006

In 2006, the French were humbled by Scotland

Smith was forced to wait for two years before he could be promoted, but he served in interim as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.

Smith was appointed to restore fortunes in Scotland after Berti Vogts' reign.

He would, unbeknownst to anyone, set the precedent for a similar rebuild at Rangers. He would tighten up Scotland's defense, flood the midfield, and allow maverick talents such as James McFadden to attack.

His second match as manager was a 1-0 victory over World Cup finalists France. Gary Caldwell scored the crucial goal.

Fiorentina 0-0 Rangers (3-4 pens)

Ally McCoist, assistant to the Rangers, and Nacho Novo celebrate the club’s Florence win

Smith was only allowed to leave the country for one job, and Rangers were in chaos after Paul le Guen's disastrous reign ended after six months of poor results.

Smith was brought back from Ibrox to help steady the ship. Within 18 months, Smith had won two trophies as well as a Uefa Cup Final.

Rangers won in Florence thanks to a goalless draw. Rangers reached their first European final 36 years after their semi-final was won by penalties. Christian Vieri's missed goal and Nacho Novo’s conversion were the result.

Smith was again stopped by a Russian team. A Zenit St Petersburg team led by Dick Advocaat (who replaced Smith at Ibrox 1998) won a 2-0 victory. Smith now had two unforgettable European runs for Rangers fans.

Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers 2011,

Rangers' 2011 top-flight title victory would be their last in 10 years

Rangers won the title in 2009 and 2010, their first consecutive league wins in 10 year. Smith had restored Rangers' competitiveness, but Neil Lennon's resurgent Celtic threatened to take Smith's 10th title.

Rangers had defeated Celtic in the League Cup Final, but Celtic would win the Scottish Cup. The sides were close in the league up until the end of the season.

Rangers won Inverness against Celtic, opening the way for Rangers to win. Rangers could also win the title at Kilmarnock on the final day of the campaign.

Within 10 minutes, they were up 3-0. Additional goals followed in the second period with Kyle Lafferty scoring a hat trick.

It would be Smith's last as a manager, and a fitting way for him to end his Rangers legacy. Rangers would win the Scottish top flight for the second time in ten years.

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