MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Walter Smith after the Rangers legend sadly passed away aged 73 on Tuesday morning.

The Spaniard and the former Scotland boss were acquainted through the League Manager's Association (LMA), where Smith worked as a technical consultant, and the pair struck a friendship.

Guardiola described Smith as a "humble, insightful and very genuine man" as he extended his condolences to the Ibrox great's family.

"I am so very sad to hear the news of Walter Smith’s passing," he said.

"I was of course very aware of Walter’s impressive management career before I came to the Premier League.

"Through his role as technical consultant for the LMA, I have had the opportunity over the past five years to get to know him and see what a humble, insightful and very genuine man he was.

"I always enjoyed spending time with Walter and we had been planning to have dinner together again.

"I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to get to know him and I send my deepest condolences to Walter’s wife Ethel, his sons Neil and Steven, his grandchildren and all of his family who have lost a very special man."

David Moyes, the West Ham manager and LMA executive committee member, also paid tribute to a "true friend and mentor".

"I looked up to Walter with so much respect," he said. "He was such a great Scottish manager but, to me, he was an even better man.

"He was honourable, he showed great dignity, and always demonstrated such class. He was a true friend and mentor, and a man I feel privileged to have known. He will always be remembered fondly.

"My thoughts are with all of Walter's family."