By Joe Ellis

30th Dec, 2021 | 2:10pm

Sir Alex Ferguson haunted by Rangers legend Smith's passing

Ex-Rangers forward and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how Walter Smith’s untimely passing in October has badly affected his sleep.

In a BBC documentary honouring Smith’s life and legacy in football, Ferguson is interviewed along with other personalities of Smith’s past such as Graeme Souness and Brian Laudrup.

The documentary will be aired on BBC One at 21:00 GMT on Thursday.

“After he died I was waking up in the middle of the night, every night for weeks, thinking about him,” Ferguson says in the documentary.

A Haunting Reminder

Rangers fans the world over felt Smith’s passing as he remains one of the most successful managers in the club’s history.

But while he will always be remembered at Ibrox, Ferguson’s comments are an important reminder that he was more than just a football manager.

The thought of one of football’s all-time greatest managers losing sleep over his friend’s passing is unimaginable given how unflappable the Scot was in the dugout.

Ferguson also spoke at Smith’s funeral in November where he claimed his good friend had taught Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo how to pass the ball.

“He came with all the tricks in the world and wanted to beat all the players,” Ferguson said.

“He walked up to me and says ‘Boss, do they not have fouls in Scotland?’ And he learned. He learned how to pass the ball and he can thank Walter for that. No question.”

Ferguson’s 25 goals in 41 games for Rangers and boyhood support of the club endeared him even further to Smith and he has led tributes ever since.

Ally McCoist, another Rangers hot shot, has also paid his tributes along with much of the footballing world.

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