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 ‘RESPECT THE SILENCE,’ PLEADS CELTIC LEGEND BERTIE AULD

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LISBON LION Bertie Auld has called upon the Celtic supporters to show respect for today’s Ibrox Disaster silent tribute.

The Parkhead legend made the impassioned plea as home fans revealed fears online of disruption from some of the Hoops followers.

Fans at today’s Hogmanay meeting will remember 66 home fans who were crushed to death on Stairway 13 after the rivals clashed on January 2, 1971.

Bertie, 78, said: “My message to Celtic supporters would be to observe the silence.

“Remember those who died and pay the people involved the respect they deserve.

“Something like the Ibrox disaster brings you down to earth and I am sure the fans will remember that.

”Celtic fans will always respect the minute’s silence — that’s the great thing about them.

”The tragedy at Ibrox was one which affected Rangers FC and so many other people across Scotland.

“It transcended football and also involved Celtic so closely.

“As we have done many times, we’ll pay respects and remember sincerely those who lost their lives in tragic circumstances.”

Gers fans believe rival supporters will ruin respectful silence. One wrote: “We know Celtic fans won’t obey the minute’s silence – pointless and stupid decision.”

Ibrox legend John Greig, 74, will lead the honours when officials from both clubs lay a wreath before the 12.15pm kick-off.

 
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