Rangers have submitted planning permission to Glasgow City Council to erect a statue in the memory of Walter Smith. 

The club commissioned the creation of the statue on the first anniversary of his passing and they hope it will be in place just under two years later. 

The planning permission has been submitted to the council with a decision expected by Friday, June 14th with hopes that it will be approved and Rangers can then put it in place. 

It would be the second statue on club grounds with the John Greig Ibrox Disaster memorial also situated at the corner of the Copland Road and Bill Struth Main Stands.

The statue in memory of Smith will be placed on a patch of land between the Copland Road stand and New Edmiston House if approval is given by the city council. 

The legendary manager died in October 2021 with widespread tributes throughout the game in Scotland and abroad. 

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The statue will serve as a lasting tribute to Rangers greatest modern day manager, with him being the most successful since Bill Struth. 

He guided the club to 10 top flight titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups over his two spells as manager as well as taking them to the UEFA Cup Final in Manchester in 2008 against all the odds. 

Late last year, Rangers chief executive James Bisgrove had confirmed that the statue would be unveiled in 2024 and now the club are one step closer to making it a reality.