Rangers and Celtic fans encouraged to unite this weekend
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Minute of silence for Ibrox Disaster to take place this weekend

Old Firm fans are being encouraged to take part in a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the Ibrox Disaster.

The disaster took places on 2nd of January 1971 at an Old Firm game. A total of 66 people died and close to 200 were injured during a crush on Stairway 13.

It was a tragedy that to this day is still felt at the club and amongst fans. It is apt it will be commemorated against our biggest rivals. The disaster happened during an enthralling finish to the traditional Old Firm New Year game.

Rangers Legend John Greig lays a wreath with Celtic Legend Billy McNeill back in 2011. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)


Jimmy Johnstone scored with a minute to go to put Celtic ahead. Colin Stein equalised almost immediately afterwards with basically the final kick of the ball. The 80,000 strong crowd was rocking as they left the stadium. Some fans fell down the steep steps and before anyone could blink a tidal wave of bodies followed. Thirty-one of the dead were teenagers.

Put rivalry aside for one minute

Fans will put their rivalry aside for one moment to remember the dead from that day. No one, green or blue should go to the football and not return home. For all the intensity that comes with the Old Firm rivalry, it’s something which any decent thinking person would put to one side.

Remembering the Ibrox disaster is important to Rangers fans everywhere. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Before Saturday’s crunch match, it’s something that supporters will do again.

Both clubs united behind the disaster when it happened and put their differences aside. It will be a small token of the same tomorrow.

The Ibrox disaster led to the renovation of the old Ibrox Park and was the worst British football disaster until Hillsborough in 1989.

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