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Tragedy on way to match

Tributes to Rangers fan killed in coach crash

Tributes have flowed in from around the country for Ryan Baird, 39, who died in a coach crash taking Rangers fans to Ibrox on Saturday.

Mr Baird from Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway was killed in the accident which left 18 others injured.

It happened at about 1.15pm on Saturday on the A76 near Kilmarnock.

A passenger said the bus, carrying 37 passengers, had swerved before landing on its side on a grass verge.

The road was closed to allow crash scene investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

Rangers were playing Partick Thistle at Ibrox. The coach was taking the Nith Valley Loyal Rangers Supporters’ Club to the match. The club posted on its Facebook page: “The club would like to thank everyone for their good wishes & concern at this sad time.”

In a statement, Rangers said it was “deeply saddened” by the crash, adding: “Our profound condolences go to the gentleman who has died and our thoughts are with his family.

“We are also thinking of those who have been injured and taken to hospital.”

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said: “Everyone at the football club and every member of our Rangers family is thinking of all of those caught up in this terrible accident.

“Clearly this is a deeply distressing time and the board extend our deepest sympathies and concerns.”

 

 



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