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Great wee chronicle of the legendary man. When you see it all laid out like that it hits home how remarkable a career he's had.

Rangers' emphatic 5-1 defeat of Kilmarnock on Sunday ensured veteran boss Walter Smith signed off with 10 championships, and a total of 21 trophies, over his two spells at the Ibrox helm. As he makes way for Ally McCoist to take over the reins, we salute one of the most decorated tacticians in the history of Scottish football.

1948: Born February 24 and raised in Carmyle in the east end of Glasgow.

1966: Joins Dundee United initially as a part-time player and electrician before going on to make more than 250 appearances.

1974: Plays in 3-0 Scottish Cup final defeat by Celtic. Later sold to Dumbarton for £7,000.

1979: Rejoins Dundee United to take coaching role under manager Jim McLean.

1983: United win the Scottish league for the first time.

1984: The Tayside outfit lose a European Cup semi-final to Roma.

1986: April - Moves to Ibrox as number two to Graeme Souness.

June - Assistant to Scotland manager Alex Ferguson at the Mexico World Cup.

1991: Takes over from Souness as manager of Rangers, who clinch the title four matches later - their third successive championship.

1992: Guides Rangers to the double.

1993: Rangers win the treble and finish a point off a Champions League final spot behind eventual winners Marseille.

1994: Rangers take title by three points from Aberdeen and retain League Cup.

1995: Championship won by 15 points from Motherwell. Signs Paul Gascoigne from Lazio.

1996: Third League and Scottish Cup double for Rangers under Smith.

1997: Leads Rangers to record-equalling ninth successive title after beating Celtic in four league matches.

October - Awarded OBE. Announces he will step down at end of season.

1998: May - Last season of first spell in charge at Ibrox ends without silverware after Celtic lift title and Hearts defeat Rangers 2-1 in Scottish Cup final.

July - Rejects offer from Sheffield Wednesday to sign three-year deal as Everton manager.

1999: May - Everton finish 14th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone.

December 26 - Agrees a two-year extension to his existing contract following Bill Kenwright's £20million takeover.

2000: Everton finish 13th in the Premiership, but they are knocked out of the cups by Bristol Rovers and Tranmere.

2001: Everton finish 16th, eight points clear of relegation zone.

2002: March - After a run of one win in 13 Premier League matches, and defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals, Everton terminate his contract.

2004: March - Joins Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant until the end of the season.

December 2 - Confirmed as Scotland manager following resignation of Berti Vogts.

2005: March 26 - Scotland lose 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Italy in his first game in charge.

October - Home defeat by Belarus ends hopes of a play-off spot for Germany 2006.

2006: October - Scotland follow up wins over the Faroe Islands and Lithuania with a famous 1-0 triumph over World Cup finalists France. Days later a 2-0 defeat in Ukraine ends the 100% start to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

2007: January 10 - Quits as Scotland boss and is appointed Rangers manager. Signs three-year contract.

2008: March - Rangers win the CIS Cup after a penalty shoot-out against Dundee United.

May - Steers Rangers to the UEFA Cup final - the club's first European final in 36 years - but they lose 2-0 to Zenit St Petersburg.

2009: May - Wins the SPL and Scottish Cup double.

December: It is revealed he will continue as manager without a contract when it expires in January.

2010: March - Lifts Co-operative Insurance Cup.

April - Leads Rangers to their 53rd league title.

May 25 - Signs a one-year deal with Rangers and also announces it will be his last season.

2011: February 22 - Rangers confirm assistant boss Ally McCoist will succeed Smith.

March 20 - Wins the Co-operative Insurance Cup final with a 2-1 extra-time win over Celtic.

May 15 - Smith completes a ninth SPL title with a 5-1 win at Kilmarnock.

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