Anniversary of Ibrox tragedy marked

Thousands of people gathered at Ibrox today to mark the 40th anniversary of the stadium disaster that claimed the lives of 66 people.

Thousands of people gathered at Ibrox today to mark the 40th anniversary of the stadium disaster that claimed the lives of 66 people.

The families and friends of the dead attended the service, along with footballers playing on the day of the tragedy, and Scotland’s leading politicians.

Rangers players past and present, including the current team, as well as John Greig, the captain on the day of the tragedy, and Alfie Conn attended.

Celtic were represented by manager Neil Lennon, chairman John Reid and chief executive Peter Lawwell.

The tragedy happened on January 2 1971 when fans were crushed on stairway 13 of the Rangers Football Club stadium at the end of an Old Firm game.

An eight-year-old boy was among those who perished in the incident as thousands of supporters were leaving the Glasgow ground. More than 200 other fans were injured.

Relatives of the 66 placed posies of blue and white flowers at the stand as Rangers manager Walter Smith and former player John Greig read the names of the dead.

Some of the family representatives turned to salute the stands as they laid their flowers.

The 5,000 people attending then fell silent for two minutes as they remembered those whose lives were lost in the disaster.

Celtic chairman John Reid also laid a green and white wreath on behalf of the club and its fans.

Yesterday, Rangers played Celtic in another Glasgow derby at Ibrox – exactly 40 years to the day since the disaster.

The match began with both sets of fans observing a minute’s silence before kick-off.

The teams were led out by John Greig, who captained Rangers in the 1971 derby, and Billy McNeill, the Celtic captain of that era.

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