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Red_White_and_Ajax
03-12-2010, 16:07
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

CertifiedWeissfanboy
03-12-2010, 16:08
Love Watty

dh1963
03-12-2010, 16:08
Hard to argue with that.

Blues_and_Twos
03-12-2010, 16:09
Absof*ckinglutely.

Redondo
03-12-2010, 16:09
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Big up, thread closed. We have the answer !

frankieboy
03-12-2010, 16:10
No arguments here,proved his worth time and time again

frabet
03-12-2010, 16:10
Butcher, brilliant player at that time.

souness4
03-12-2010, 16:11
Spot on. Cannot be argued with by a sensible person.

souness4
03-12-2010, 16:12
Butcher, brilliant player at that time.

Pish. Butcher effected the club for four years. Walter Smith has been directly responsible for success at Rangers spanning three decades.

Red_White_and_Ajax
03-12-2010, 16:13
When you think back to some of the players he brought here and realise what he did for Rangers and Scottish football that it becomes blatantly obvious that Walter Smith was Souness`s legacy to Rangers ( even above that other signing he made )

britain
03-12-2010, 16:14
Can't argue with it being Walter Smith.

Laudrup70
03-12-2010, 16:14
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man


Thread closed, no debate ;)

wc06
03-12-2010, 16:15
Definitely Walter.Here we go,for 3 in a row....

Boabmeister
03-12-2010, 16:15
i can see what you're saying rwa, but in the short term fix, which is what Rangers desperately needed, it was terry butcher.

Markyboy44
03-12-2010, 16:16
Butcher, brilliant player at that time.

Gough would be more of a shout than Butcher mate. If we are talking players then Gough would be my answer otherwise the OP has nailed it!

Jimenez
03-12-2010, 16:16
Walter Smith

Edit: I honestly hadn't even read the thread before replying.

Totally agree RWA.

He signed one of the most colossal figures in Rangers entire history.

soapybubble
03-12-2010, 16:16
I shudder to think where we would be if not for Walter Smith.

Red_White_and_Ajax
03-12-2010, 16:17
i can see what you're saying rwa, but in the short term fix, which is what Rangers desperately needed, it was terry butcher.

chuckies Boab :D

after the passage of time we should always consider these things in the longer term

souness4
03-12-2010, 16:17
When you think back to some of the players he brought here and realise what he did for Rangers and Scottish football that it becomes blatantly obvious that Walter Smith was Souness`s legacy to Rangers ( even above that other signing he made )

Just under 11 calendar years in charge of The Rangers winning nine Scottish Leagues, five Scottish Cups and five League Cups. Throw in Manchester and on paper you have our second greatest manager of all time.

Not a bad legacy to leave, as you put it, from my favourite player ever. :D

RFC4Lyf
03-12-2010, 16:19
Hard to argue with that.

This is true :D

Boabmeister
03-12-2010, 16:26
chuckies Boab :D

after the passage of time we should always consider these things in the longer term

after nearly 7 years on here, you might have noticed, that i'm too stupid:o or stuborn to listen to reasoned argument or indeed facts.

so i'm sticking by my man .:cool:

butcher transformed the few decent players we had, and showed the crop of brilliant youngsters we had that hide and seek was no longer an option , while playing for Rangers. we went to securing 5th place by winning the last game in the previous season, to winning the league with a game to spare , after being 9 points behind at one point.

BroomloanWATP
03-12-2010, 16:29
Imagine what state our great Club would be in today without the guidance of Walter Smith.

We owe this man an almost unimaginable amount of gratitude.

Brian Laudrup
03-12-2010, 16:31
David Murray :ninja:

possilbear1
03-12-2010, 16:31
Great Shout

amabluestar
03-12-2010, 16:31
Cant argue with that.
Hopefully to be Sir Walter soon.:)

Amato10
03-12-2010, 16:37
mark walters was amazing:cool:

Bille
03-12-2010, 16:44
At the time it was Terry Butcher in my mind. Could,nt believe we had captured the England captain. It made everyone sit up and take notice that something new and exciting was going on. Longer term and the greatest signing ever was the quiet arrival of the quiet man.
Walter Smith, Rangers greatest signing.

sowfb1972
03-12-2010, 17:20
At the time it was Terry Butcher in my mind. Could,nt believe we had captured the England captain. It made everyone sit up and take notice that something new and exciting was going on. Longer term and the greatest signing ever was the quiet arrival of the quiet man.
Walter Smith, Rangers greatest signing.

can't say is disagree with any of this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

tazzabear
03-12-2010, 17:33
Gough would be more of a shout than Butcher mate. If we are talking players then Gough would be my answer otherwise the OP has nailed it!
Exactly my thinking.
My first thought was Gough, ahead of any other player, bar none.
Then seeing where the OP was coming from, he's one hundred percent right.

paisleyprod
03-12-2010, 17:36
And we still moan re style of play! Man is a winner. Special mention to fergie though! Another winner.

gertilidie
03-12-2010, 17:46
Butcher was one of the first of many great signings Souness made

DS Bruce Robertson
03-12-2010, 17:48
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Undeniable, and that's bearing in mind Graeme Jame Souness signed Gough.

DSBR

AD bear
03-12-2010, 17:49
True very true watp

imager
03-12-2010, 17:51
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man


Agreed, he has his faults but has steered HMS RFC through some stormy seas.

Captain Jock
03-12-2010, 17:59
And I remember thinking at the time.......he's bringing in a guy called WALTER! :o
You don't get real football people called Walter, FFS Souness, what are you playing at! :D

scottishcampbell
03-12-2010, 18:03
To think half this forum was wanting rid of him a few seasons ago because of the style of play.........

spirit_of_93
03-12-2010, 18:05
I agree Walter Smith and he will be sorely missed.

spirit_of_93
03-12-2010, 18:09
To think half this forum was wanting rid of him a few seasons ago because of the style of play.........

Remember the anti-Walter campaingers making PLG their standard bearer for a while, apparently we were going places then Walter wrecked it all. :blink:

The hammering he has taken from some quarters has been ridiculous at times, I never got the virulent anti-Walter stuff the guy is a class act, everything a Rangers manager should be.

howiefaeek
03-12-2010, 18:21
No question ! Walter by a mile

NEEG-FOREVER A BEAR
03-12-2010, 18:36
Good shout Walter for me as well.

davegilmoursgonads
03-12-2010, 19:04
sometimes it can be horrible to watch,we question his tactics,team selection and his ability to read the game.

although we disagree with the man over many things,his commitment to our great club is testament to a true Rangers man.

Sir Walter,the Rangers fans salute you:)

http://i56.tinypic.com/2r6l5xt.jpg

billyblue7425
03-12-2010, 19:07
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Totally agree.

Theres me thinking it was Mojo:roll:

rfcjonnya
03-12-2010, 19:13
To think half this forum was wanting rid of him a few seasons ago because of the style of play.........

I will hold my hands up and say I wanted rid of him after Kaunas:o:o:o thank god I dont have a say in these things.


WATP

KPL
03-12-2010, 19:29
Gough would be more of a shout than Butcher mate. If we are talking players then Gough would be my answer otherwise the OP has nailed it!

Agree with every word you say

wjm796
03-12-2010, 19:31
Agree.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/polopoly_fs/7139211-1.932548!image/862751678.JPG_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/862751678.JPG

wjm796
03-12-2010, 19:32
http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/dailyrecord3/apr2010/1/1/graeme-souness-and-walter-smith-image-1-192154533.jpg

simply_the_best
03-12-2010, 19:33
I will hold my hands up and say I wanted rid of him after Kaunas:o:o:o thank god I dont have a say in these things.


WATP


So did i mate :o


It was a shocking result TBH and he had just signed mhisser:o

wjm796
03-12-2010, 19:33
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MWhite
03-12-2010, 19:35
Can't argue with that, the man's done wonders for the club. Onward to 3.

Hap Hapablap
03-12-2010, 19:39
Smith is a Rangers Colossus.

I feel privileged to witness this part in our history with a man like Smith at the helm.

In the future he will be mentioned in the same breath as Struth and the founders.

What he has done for us cannot be understated.

steincolin
03-12-2010, 19:40
I will hold my hands up and say I wanted rid of him after Kaunas:o:o:o thank god I dont have a say in these things.


WATP

Theres a lot of people should hang their heads for the abuse they've gave the man over the years,

Hap Hapablap
03-12-2010, 19:42
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

See post #50, I 100% agree with you.

But should the much derided Murray be given credit for having the foresight in bringing him back?

leftie
03-12-2010, 19:47
I'd go for Butcher.

Rt. Hon. Bearman
03-12-2010, 19:49
Wasn't it David Holmes who brought him to Ibrox, rather than Souness himself?

georgeclooney
03-12-2010, 20:05
Funny how Souness had all the high profile and Walter sneaked in under the radar . When Souness left at a sticky time I personally feared the worse and how wrong , Wattie ran the show and steadied the boat !
The irony is that Walter is headed for a knighthood and Souness can only make it as a Sky pundit .

harlowrab
03-12-2010, 20:15
Totally agree.

Theres me thinking it was Mojo:roll:

Just look at that man for a second!I find it hard to imagine anybody else in charge of the rangers! Dignity and class, always smart and articulate. He ranks up there with Big Jock Wallace for me> Has shown us what a great manager he truly is in his second spell at rangers. He even returned some dignity to the no hoping national side, look at what's happened to that shower since he left.
Ally must be shitting himself thinking not only about following him in the managers job, but also the dignity and aura that man has.
I hope Coisty truly has learned
For his sake, not ours

williewoodburn
03-12-2010, 20:22
Cant argue with that.
Hopefully to be Sir Walter soon.:)

Will need to win the Champions League first..or sing at the Queens funeral !

georgeclooney
03-12-2010, 20:56
Will need to win the Champions League first..or sing at the Queens funeral !
Hopefully both !

scottyc
03-12-2010, 21:08
could not agree more but what about players

broony_82
03-12-2010, 21:10
Good call.

Goughy in a playing sense?

calneblue
03-12-2010, 21:11
No doubt about it

Wattie = Top Man

charlie bubbles
03-12-2010, 23:00
Smith is a Rangers Colossus.

I feel privileged to witness this part in our history with a man like Smith at the helm.

In the future he will be mentioned in the same breath as Struth and the founders.

What he has done for us cannot be understated.

I totally agree. When he came back we were in a sorry state on and off the park but he turned us around. We should already have 3 in a row but were robbed of it.

WokinghamBear
03-12-2010, 23:19
Best player signing - Butcher. It opened doors for signing others of that quality at the time.

Best signing overall - Walter Smith without a doubt. The man was born to lead Rangers. I may complain about the football now & again but I have nothing but respect and admiration for the man.

williamstown
04-12-2010, 01:50
Butcher and Woods if we're talking players but bringing Walter no question was the best thing he did for the club,a bit like Waddell when he brought Jock Wallace.

bobans27
04-12-2010, 01:55
He is 'Mr Rangers' as far as I'm concerned.

sonowilliam2
04-12-2010, 02:00
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Yet there was many on here that questioned his second coming...

1. Pish poor manager when it comes to european fitbaw ???

2. Kenny Misser ???

Full grease to yer elbow Ajax for bringing it to the fore

SOW :D

kkutasi
04-12-2010, 03:07
agreed. no argument

The Treasurer
04-12-2010, 03:18
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Without doubt.

The fact that he has gone on to absolutely outshine Souness in every department except outfield play is proof enough.

My own opinion is that Walter Smith is at least as good as Wilton, Struth and Symon. Not being there when they were doing their thing, I can't say he is better. All I know is that he exemplifies dignity and all that tends towards a true Ranger!

canagers
04-12-2010, 03:24
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

I have to admit that i did'nt think of Walter when i opened the thread but when i seen the picture you posted,,,,,,,,,,,,you're not wrong;)

Walter Smith,,,Rangers Legend;);)

Baxter79
04-12-2010, 03:36
Souness was the start of the revoulition he had plenty of iconic signings Walter,Woods,Butcher,Stevens,Gough,Walters and broke the mould with Johnston in my generation he transformed the club into not only the best in Scotland but in Britain.

What a mistake he made leaving!

barneythebear
04-12-2010, 05:52
I was thinking Gough, Fergie and a mention for Stuart Munro who did us proud for an ex Alloa full back.

But You win with Walter!

was the worst Phil 'cuddy back' Boersma

Red_White_and_Ajax
04-12-2010, 14:22
Souness was the start of the revoulition he had plenty of iconic signings Walter,Woods,Butcher,Stevens,Gough,Walters and broke the mould with Johnston in my generation he transformed the club into not only the best in Scotland but in Britain.

What a mistake he made leaving!

Souness made the move that he thought was the best for him .

It`s merely a guess but if he could turn time back I reckon he wouldn`t make the same move

oranjeboy
04-12-2010, 14:29
IMO he's only 2nd to bill struth in terms of rangers history

Sam_English
04-12-2010, 14:31
Followed by Richard Gough.

Red_White_and_Ajax
05-12-2010, 18:35
IMO he's only 2nd to bill struth in terms of rangers history

can`t argue with that

the dug
05-12-2010, 18:39
Was thinking gough but absolutely agree it was Sir Walter.

Jim Baxter is legend
05-12-2010, 18:47
At the time it was Terry Butcher in my mind. Could,nt believe we had captured the England captain. It made everyone sit up and take notice that something new and exciting was going on. Longer term and the greatest signing ever was the quiet arrival of the quiet man.
Walter Smith, Rangers greatest signing.

The real scoop was signing Souness himself, I was phoned by my dad to tell me this and I would not believe him.
Rangers signing Souness was out of this world.
At that time was had the likes of Hugh Burns and Dave McKinnon playing for us and so signing a world class player just didn't seem like it would EVER happen

So my best signing made by Souness is himself

stayfor90mins
05-12-2010, 18:48
Cant argue with that, the man is a legend..

pollokranger
05-12-2010, 18:50
spot on mate

ns
watp

realger34
05-12-2010, 18:54
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00019/WALTER_516x778_19851a.jpg

Rangers till i die

Scotty2Dope
05-12-2010, 19:04
Smith is a Rangers Colossus.

I feel privileged to witness this part in our history with a man like Smith at the helm.

In the future he will be mentioned in the same breath as Struth and the founders.

What he has done for us cannot be understated.

It's been a bumpy ride at times but as you say I'm glad to have been a part of this time in our history.

leroyjohnson
05-12-2010, 19:08
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Largely responsible for my happy childhood

Walter Tull
05-12-2010, 20:16
The three men at the heart of our dominance on the field during my lifetime.

Cap truly doffed gentlemen.

http://i56.tinypic.com/e038t1.jpg

bilkobear
05-12-2010, 20:21
Walter for reasons off the park.
Gough as a player who would become a legend as Captain.
Mo Johnston for psychological impact on The Filth.

Mostin
05-12-2010, 20:36
Smith is a Rangers Colossus.

I feel privileged to witness this part in our history with a man like Smith at the helm.

In the future he will be mentioned in the same breath as Struth and the founders.

What he has done for us cannot be understated.

Cracking post, agreed 100%.

McCoist has a hard act to follow.

subversive_bear
05-12-2010, 20:47
Wasn't it David Holmes who brought him to Ibrox, rather than Souness himself?

Yeah, I was also under that impression.

Spyro
05-12-2010, 20:53
2 very strong personalities, I can never work out how they worked along side one another and didn't clash.

Red_White_and_Ajax
05-12-2010, 20:54
Rangerspedia on Rangers media has him being invited to take the post by Souness

blueismycolour
05-12-2010, 20:55
Aye............

tazzabear
05-12-2010, 21:03
Just look at that man for a second!I find it hard to imagine anybody else in charge of the rangers! Dignity and class, always smart and articulate. He ranks up there with Big Jock Wallace for me> Has shown us what a great manager he truly is in his second spell at rangers. He even returned some dignity to the no hoping national side, look at what's happened to that shower since he left.
Ally must be shitting himself thinking not only about following him in the managers job, but also the dignity and aura that man has.
I hope Coisty truly has learned
For his sake, not ours

Up there with Wallace?
Deary me.
He left Wallace in his wake years ago.
Up there with Struth?
That's more of a debate.

tazzabear
05-12-2010, 21:08
could not agree more but what about players

Good Question, perhaps deserves a thread of it's own but for now the answer would be Gough.
Butcher's signing made a statement of intent.
Johnston's signing a different statement again.
However, Gough would go on to become a real legend.
Class and dignity up there with Smith himself.
Outsanding player, captain and leader.
For me, and in playing terms, only Greig would be a greater Ranger.

Kilbirnie
05-12-2010, 21:12
I don't think there has been or will be a greater bear in my lifetime, and as someone else said, he will be sorely missed when he leaves the club.

Kilbirnie
05-12-2010, 21:13
Did Souness sign Trevor Steven and Ray Wilkins. I pretty sure he did. So in terms of players those 2 get my vote.

centralblue
05-12-2010, 23:04
Closely followed by Neil Woods?

18kjmmd73
05-12-2010, 23:24
Up there with Wallace?
Deary me.
He left Wallace in his wake years ago.
Up there with Struth?
That's more of a debate.

Struth built this club in his own image and Smith carried them on.
Struth all the way.

Voxtronix
05-12-2010, 23:43
I knew who it was going to be before I even clicked on the thread, could agree more.

The man is a legend.

paulah
05-12-2010, 23:55
Walter for me.

irnbruchew
05-12-2010, 23:57
As I think someone may have mentioned above, and not to sound churlish, but Smith was appointed by the board... I think... :ninja:

Bille
06-12-2010, 06:00
Just noticed on another thread that Walter was caretaker manager while we awaited the arrival of Souness? Is this correct? If so them Holmes would have been resposible for them both coming to Ibrox. Could anyone tell me what games Walter took caretaker control for and what were the result?
If true then Butcher would be his greatest buy due to the statement of intend bringing to Ibrox made.

britain
06-12-2010, 06:07
The real scoop was signing Souness himself, I was phoned by my dad to tell me this and I would not believe him.
Rangers signing Souness was out of this world.
At that time was had the likes of Hugh Burns and Dave McKinnon playing for us and so signing a world class player just didn't seem like it would EVER happen

So my best signing made by Souness is himself



Good shout, Souness as a player was still very very good. Ne'er day 1987 proved that:)

BlueKidG
06-12-2010, 06:08
The three men at the heart of our dominance on the field during my lifetime.

Cap truly doffed gentlemen.

http://i56.tinypic.com/e038t1.jpg

fantastic picture.

You can see how proud Souness is :cool:

cooperthelegend
06-12-2010, 09:01
When you think back to some of the players he brought here and realise what he did for Rangers and Scottish football that it becomes blatantly obvious that Walter Smith was Souness`s legacy to Rangers ( even above that other signing he made )

Agreed - he carried on Souness' success to get nine in a row, then did it at national level with the Scotland team after Vogts, and came to rescue Rangers after le Guen.

Heres to :):):)

azoots217
06-12-2010, 09:20
fantastic picture.

You can see how proud Souness is :cool:

Top Picture :):) 3 legends of our club

bigbadbob
06-12-2010, 09:57
butcher also walter as well

saltcoatsblu
06-12-2010, 23:20
When you think back to some of the players he brought here and realise what he did for Rangers and Scottish football that it becomes blatantly obvious that Walter Smith was Souness`s legacy to Rangers ( even above that other signing he made )

100% agreed... a Dublin winning final would be a fantastic send off for the man:)

boydscores
06-12-2010, 23:40
Evey game from tomorrow night until the end of season must be For Souness's best signing...Mr Smith?....Mr Struth, Mr Symon and Mr Wallace...Will look down with Pride!!!.....C'mon The Rangers.

ShawlandsBIB
07-12-2010, 00:09
His reaction at the final whistle of the CIS Cup final when we were down to 9 men will live with me forever. I was in the section behing him as he turned and gave it '' you f*ckin beauty''

THE GAFFER!

britain
07-12-2010, 06:35
The three men at the heart of our dominance on the field during my lifetime.

Cap truly doffed gentlemen.

http://i56.tinypic.com/e038t1.jpg

Great pic:):):)

IainB
07-12-2010, 06:40
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Jings the scum interlopers here are going to go into melt down is that a collerette under Watties scarves? ;)

WATP

IainB
07-12-2010, 06:48
David Murray :ninja:

Cannot believe that you have not been vilified on here for that, has the pending sale made all of FF go soft? ;)

JobearGer
07-12-2010, 07:42
http://i51.tinypic.com/i358yb.jpg

that man

Souness made some great signings for us, he started with the spine from Goalie to Centre Backs, to Centre Forward and then filled in the gaps, He did a fantastic job of transforming our whole Club;);)

It would however be hard to argue with the fact that, over the piece, Walter Smith has brought more to Rangers Football Club, than either Souness himself or any other of his signings:):)

If Walter Smith does NOT end up on the Rangers Board of Directors one day, it will be the biggest travesty of Justice to any football Manager, since Jock Stein became a raffle salesman:o:o

DavyMcK
07-12-2010, 08:25
Butcher, brilliant player at that time.

I have to agreee, although mainly because once we signed the England captain everyone took notice and, as they say, the rest followed.

Red_White_and_Ajax
11-05-2011, 17:03
and as it comes to an end 6 months later it still rings true

EKTed
11-05-2011, 17:07
David Holmes due a mention for putting his name forward to Souness

britain
12-05-2011, 00:28
Good to see this thread again.

simplyzebest
12-05-2011, 00:38
Arise Sir Walter
:worldsbest: