Walter Smith’s place in the pantheon of Scottish football greats is assured.

In two spells at Rangers, he won 21 trophies and gave the Ibrox faithful some of their best-ever memories.

What he achieved at Rangers is unlikely ever to be surpassed.

It is no wonder his loss has been felt so deeply by those supporters who lived through the Smith era.

But they are not the only ones mourning the passing of this legend.

Smith was able to transcend the Old Firm rivalry like perhaps no other figure associated with either club.

He always had the respect of Celtic fans despite the on-field misery his teams would often put them through.

As a successful Scotland manager, his assistants were Celtic great Tommy Burns and Rangers hero Ally McCoist.

The pair were appointed because of their ability but in a country so often divided by football, the symbolism was not lost.

Both Smith and McCoist would later carry Tommy Burns’ coffin after his tragic death.

What shone through most of all about Smith was his decency.

It is no surprise to read among the warms tributes paid in today’s Record, the many testaments to his character.

McCoist described him as being like a second father and told of how loved Smith was by his family.

Current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard struggled to hold back the tears when recalling the support he had been given by this giant of the game.

With the passing of Walter Smith, Scottish football has lost a true legend and a good man.

Girls not forgotten

The journey of the Matin family from the chaos of Kabul airport to the tranquillity of the Outer Hebrides is an incredible tale.

The women and their families had a double target on their backs from the minute the Taliban took control of Afghanistan as they were involved in educating girls and were from the oppressed Hazara community.

It is testimony to the persistence of the Linda Norgrove Foundation and senior figures in the UK Government that the family made it out.

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The arrival of the aid workers on Lewis reflects the journey which Linda Norgrove made as a young woman from her island home to help communties in Afghanistan.

Her tragic death in 2010 drove her parents, John and Lorna, to help hundreds of Afghan girls and women into education and medical progammes.

That work continues and makes sure that the women and girls left behind under the veil of the Taliban are not forgotten.