THERE will be a minute’s silence held before kick-off at this afternoon’s game in memory of the victims of the Ibrox Disaster of 1971.

Beforehand, directors of both clubs will lay wreaths outside the stadium as a tribute to the 66 supporters who died in the tragedy 48 years ago on January 2, 1971.

The terrible accident, which occurred in the fading moments of Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Rangers, remains one of the saddest days in Scottish football history and one which united a country in grief.

As supporters made their way out of the ground, the steel barriers on Stairway 13 gave way, resulting in the deaths of 66 Rangers supporters, with many hundreds more injured in the crush.

Celtic’s legendary manager Jock Stein helped the emergency services as they raced to the scene of the accident.

Ahead of today’s final league game of 2018, a minute’s silence will be observed as a mark of respect to the men, women and children who lost their lives that dreadful afternoon.

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