Rangers have invited family members of those impacted by the Ibrox Disaster to be involved in the planning for commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the tragic event.

Taking to the club’s official website, Rangers revealed that there are plans in the pipeline to commemorate the anniversary, which will poignantly take place on the 2nd of January 2021 against Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Rangers regularly hold a service to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Ibrox disaster on the anniversary of the event. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A total of 66 fans lost their lives due to a crush at Ibrox Stadium on the same date in 1971 at the end of a match against Celtic in an event which at the time was the worst stadium disaster in British history.

Rangers are eager to commemorate the lives of those lost on the day but are wary of the changing face of Covid-19 guidelines in their planning.

“On the 2nd January 2021, Rangers Football Club will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster, an event in which sixty-six supporters tragically lost their life and many more supporters were injured,” reads a Rangers statement.

“With under two months to go until this date, the club would like to provide an update on some of the planning and preparations that are underway to commemorate this important landmark.

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“Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to provide precise details on the commemorations at this time but we would like to assure supporters and anyone with a connection or interest in the anniversary that a number of scenarios are being explored and prepared to allow us to commemorate the anniversary with the dignity and standards expected of such an important occasion.

“As part of the club’s planning and preparations, we would like to invite anyone who has a personal connection with the anniversary to contact the club via [email protected].

“It is incredibly important that we involve and reflect the wishes of families who lost loved ones on that day which is why we have created a dedicated channel of communication for people to use.”

The club go into greater details about how they can be contacted and their plans for the 50th year anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster via the aforementioned statement.

The late Celtic legend Billy McNeill carried out a wreath on the 40th anniversary of the event on behalf of his club.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

This includes the annual lay of the wreath at the John Greig statue and hopes for a special service.

Meanwhile, Rangers have also been commemorating Armistice Day at Ibrox as they pay tribute to those who lost their lives in both World Wars.

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