Celtic supporters have unveiled a banner outside Celtic Park paying tribute to the victims of the Ibrox Disaster ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm game against Rangers.
The meeting between the two sides marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic events at Ibrox that saw 66 supporters lose their life.
As shared on social media by Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph, the Celtic banner reads: ‘Ibrox Disaster 1971 – We remember and pray for the victims and their families.’
Given the divide between the two sets of supporters and the title race that is currently unfolding, it is a classy touch from Celtic supporters and one that will not go unnoticed.
Lack of a full memorial is a great tragedy
COVID restrictions mean that neither Rangers nor Celtic can fully pay tribute to those victims and their families as they would like over the weekend.
Like that famous game in 1971, Saturday’s meeting is a lunchtime kick-off and Steven Gerrard has confirmed that there will be a memorial service before the game.
It is a sign of the times that supporters will not be allowed in the stadium to pay their respects on Saturday.
Unfortunately, it is another important opportunity that COVID has taken away from supporters in what would have no doubt been a moving moment with fans inside the ground.
However, the display from Celtic is a heartwarming one and it shows that despite all the rivalries and goading that happens between supporters, we are all football fans at hearts.
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