Rangers legends urge fans to join clap for tragic bluenose Zoe Smith v Celtic
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Rangers legends urge fans to join clap for tragic bluenose Zoe Smith v Celtic

Rangers fans are being encouraged to clap in the 55th minute of this weekend’s Old Firm clash with Celtic to commemorate the life of super fan Zoe Smith.

Zoe tragically passed away at the age of 36 this week after spending years raising thousands of pounds for charities including the Rangers Charity Foundation and in honour of Fernando Ricksen.

A regular at Oswalds Bar in the city centre, the pub’s owner Brian Matthews has helped encourage a group of Ibrox legends to join in the clap for Zoe.

Charlie Miller, Craig Moore, Marvin Andrews and Marco Negri will join Matthews and actor Stephen Purdon in encouraging supporters to clap this weekend.

“Zoe was an incredible girl. I met her at many Rangers functions and home and away games and she became a very very close friend due to her being a regular in Oswalds. She was always there supporting me in everything I did,” said Matthews [Daily Record].

“When the staff and I heard she tragically passed away suddenly at just 36 years old we felt we wanted to do something to honour her.

“We’ve arranged the 55 minute clap at Ibrox and are also in the middle of arranging a tribute night for her to raise money for the charities she supported.

“At the game on Sunday we are unfurling a huge flag with Zoe’s face on it in the Copeland Stand before the game and at half time. It’s the least we can do.”

The campaign has been supported by Rangers legend Charlie Miller who took to Twitter to encourage supporters to join in with the clap for Zoe Smith.

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