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Ally McCoist described Walter Smith as a second father after revealing the former Rangers’ boss’s passing had left him devastated.

The retired forward played for Rangers during Smith’s first stint as their manager and enjoyed success as Smith’s assistant manager between 2007 and 2011 before becoming club boss himself.

McCoist, 59, told talkSPORT: “He means everything to a lot of folk, myself included.

“He was my boss, my coach, my second father and then turned into one of my best friends. I can’t tell you how devastated I am.

“I could sit here and tell you about Walter Smith until the cows come home, about how good a manager, how good a coach and a football man he was.

“But what I will say he was the best husband, father, friend, everything you would expect from a man.”

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