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Rangers release Walter Smith statement after club legend undergoes operation

Rangers legend Walter Smith is currently recovering in hospital after an operation early this week.

Speculation was rife on social media in recent days that the 73-year-old had passed away, with thousands paying tribute to the former Scotland boss.

However, the Twitter rumours were not to be believed – with Rangers releasing a short statement to settle the matter on Saturday afternoon.

"Rangers Football Club can confirm Walter Smith had an operation on Monday and he is currently recovering in hospital," it read.

"His family have requested privacy at this time."

Smith recently spoke out regarding Rangers' title win, lauding Steven Gerrard's achievement.

"The one thing you could say about Steven right from the start is that he is suited to a big club environment,"Smith told the Daily Mail.

"I always loathe to use the word 'easy' in connection with managing Rangers. It's not. But he made it look at times as if he had been doing the job for a few years.

"Everybody talks about Scottish football and how it's not the level of England. And you would need to be mad to say that it is. But there is a proportional aspect to football. And running Rangers and Celtic is the same in Scotland as running Liverpool or Manchester United or Manchester City in England.

"It has the same focus and the same problems.

"The English clubs have significantly more finance and that helps, but Rangers is not only the perfect grounding for somebody to come in and learn.

"It's also a very difficult and challenging environment for someone to come in and learn as well."

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  • Smith was in charge of Rangers for seven years between 1991 and 1998 before rejoining the Ibrox outfit in 2007.

    In 2011 he left Rangers for the second time, ending his coaching career.

    The former defender enjoyed two spells with Dundee United during his playing days, along with stints at Dumbarton and Dallas Tornado.

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