‘I believe he’s here’ – Ally McCoist admits he still calls phone of Walter Smith in heartfelt tribute to Rangers legend at Europa League final

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Ally McCoist paid an emotional tribute to his’ best friend ‘Walter Smith ahead of Rangers’ Europa League final clash.

Rangers are facing Eintracht Frankfurt as they seek a first major European title in 50 years.

McCoist was talking about his long-time friend and Rangers legend Walter Smith

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McCoist was talking about his long-time friend and Rangers legend Walter Smith

Smith will go down in history as a true Rangers legend

Smith will go down in history as a true Rangers legend

McCoist, a talkSPORT favorite, is on punditry duty with BT Sport for the clash and paid a heartfelt tribute to Rangers legend Walter Smith, who sadly passed away in October 2021.

Smith is a true Rangers and Scottish football icon and McCoist and revealed that he still tries to phone his late friend like he did every day before his passing.

McCoist said: “I miss him every day.

“I get into the car and I can not take his number off my phone, you know.

“I subconsciously go to phone him in the morning because we always used to have a blether in the morning, and I still do it.

“I still put his number into the phone and dial it of course, he’s clearly not here.


Smith and McCoist were 'best friends'

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Smith and McCoist were ‘best friends’

“He’s so well thought of. I just do not know anyone who has a bad word to say about Walter Smith. I really don’t. “

McCoist also believes Smith gave Rangers a helping hand in their semi-final win over RB Leipzig.

McCoist added: “I do not have any doubt that he was with them. I really do not have any doubt and I believe he’s here as well.

“He was just a fantastic man.

“He was my coach, my manager and turned into my best friend and he epitomises Rangers Football Club.

Walter Smith was a hugely popular and successful figure in Scottish football

Walter Smith was a hugely popular and successful figure in Scottish football

“He was taken away far too early; it’s tragic for Ethel, Neil, Steve and the kids and it’s just a crying shame.

“I honestly and firmly believe that he’s here tonight.”

Rangers are holding their own against the German side in Seville, with the match currently goalless.

You can listen to full commentary of the match live on talkSPORT and catch all the latest updates on our dedicated live blog.

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