A tribute is being planned tonight for a young Rangers supporter who took his own life.

Young Murray Harkness from Cumnock tragically passed away after being found on October 7th. The youngster tragically took his own life after being reported missing on the 5th October.

18-year-old Murray was a keen Gers supporter, and fans are therefore set to rally for him tonight with a touching tribute. The tribute is set to take place in the form of a minute’s applause in the 18th minute – the age of the young Gers man.

Murray Harkness will be honored at Ibrox this evening (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Steven Easton is best friends with Murray’s brother, and spoke to West FM about the applause.

“He was a down to earth young boy and very happy-go-lucky.

“We’re now hoping to get everyone at Ibrox at the Rangers game against Spartak to give Murray a round of applause. We feel he deserves this – he was a huge Rangers fan. His dad and cousin will also be at the match so I think it will be good for them.

“I also want this to raise awareness about mental illness. It’s becoming a big thing now and not just because it’s happened to Murray – it’s happening everywhere. I’m seeing posts constantly on social media about mental health getting to people and them taking their own lives. It’s coming too close to home for everyone now.

“It has to change and hopefully this can spread a bit more awareness, not just to Rangers fans but to everyone. You don’t have to deal with everything on your own.”

A tremendous thought

Murray will be backed in huge numbers tonight from the Gers support (Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

There’s no denying how big an issue mental health is nowadays. Like Steven says here, it’s happening everywhere and coming too close to home. The minute of applause for Murray would undoubtedly mean a great deal for his father and cousin who will be in attendance. Hopefully, therefore, this message reaches as many Rangers fans as possible.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 8pm, and as mentioned before, the applause will subsequently take place in the 18th minute.

The passionate crowd of Ibrox will no doubt rise to salute their fellow supporter, and give him the Rangers send off that he deserves. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers at Rangers News are with Murray’s family at this difficult time.

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