As a player Walter Smith was a defender for Dundee United and Dumbarton but injury meant he moved into a coaching role while in his second stint at Dundee United. He also took charge of the Scotland U18 and U21 teams and was assistant to Scotland manager Alex Ferguson at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
After a long spell as assistant to Graeme Souness at Rangers, in 1991 Smith was promoted to the top job and went on to win 13 major trophies in seven years, including seven league titles in succession. After leaving Rangers at the end of the 1997-98 season, he was appointed manager of English Premier League club Everton, where he spent four seasons.
Following a brief stint as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, where they won the FA Cup together, Smith was appointed Scotland manager in December 2004. He presided over a revival in the country’s fortunes, taking the national team 70 places up the FIFA World Rankings.
Returning to Rangers in 2007, he won a further eight trophies during his second term in charge at IBrox and guided the team to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.