Ibrox: 2nd January 1971 Always Remembered

Ibrox fell silent on Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the disaster which claimed the lives of 66 people. After an Old Firm game at Ibrox in January 1971, 66 people died in a crush leaving stairway 13 .


In tribute to the victims, Rangers captain from that day John Greig led the home team out for the clash with Celtic. Billy McNeill led out the visitors, with both sets of players wearing black armbands.


The period of silence was observed impeccably before the match, with the Ibrox scoreboard showing a message: 'Always Remembered'.


Before the game, supporters of both clubs left flowers and scarves in tribute, as Rangers unveiled a new memorial. Speaking earlier in the week, Greig said, "The terrible events of January 2, 1971 will never be forgotten. This was a terrible tragedy and one which we rightly should remember as we pay our sincere respects to the victims and their families."


Celtic marked the day with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox. Georgios Samaras grabbed a double as Celtic blew the title race wide open by claiming victory in the Old Firm derby. The Hoops headed into the New Year showdown with a single point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premier League, but aware of Rangers' two games in hand. Two second-half goals from Samaras - the second from the penalty spot - allowed Celtic to extend that lead to four points.

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