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Rangers criticised for lack of ‘proper’ 1971 Ibrox disaster memorial

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The Munich Air Disaster and the Hillsborough disaster both have dedicated memorials to pay respects to and remember those who died in those two tragic events. But for Rangers, the 1971 Ibrox Disaster, it is remembered at the foot of a statue of then captain John Greig at the corner of Ibrox stadium.

However, one woman has hit out at Rangers over their alleged attitude towards the victims’ families and the lack of a proper tribute to those 66 Rangers fans who died.

Annette McLeish, whose Aunt was the only woman to die in the disaster, told STV: “Ally McCoist famously said: ‘We don’t do walking away’.

“But Rangers have walked away from creating a fitting memorial for those of us who have never forgotten what happened all these years ago.

“All we are asking for is a place where we can mourn those who never came home that night. I never knew what happened to my auntie until later on, but I haven’t forgotten her.

“I know that other people feel the same. I have nothing against John Greig, but what did he have to do with my Auntie Margaret dying at Ibrox?

“We are not asking for anything from Rangers except a little space where we can create our own memorial.

“But it’s a disgrace that we are in the position where we keep getting our wishes ignored.”

She also hit out at the new brickwork at the foot of Greig’s statue claiming it is littered with mistakes. The first Ibrox disaster killed 25 fans in 1902, but the list on the statue reportedly states 20 and there are 71 names in the list of those who died in 1971 when it was actually 66.

Rangers held a memorial ceremony on Friday morning at the Greig statue, with a wreath being laid. There was also a minute’s silence before kick off at Saturday’s 3-1 win over Dumbarton.

But McLeish, who was five at the time of her Aunt’s death, asks for a proper memorial to the 66 ‘angels’ she added: “A lot of money has been raised to build a memorial by people in Scotland, in England and in Ireland. We’re not asking Rangers to pay for this. But I think we are entitled to have a proper place where we can remember our angels. Is that too much to ask?”

For many though, the Greig statue IS the memorial to remember and pay tribute to the 66 who died that day.

What is your take on this issue? Should the 1971 Ibrox Disaster be remembered with a specific memorial or is the John Greig statue a fitting memorial for those who died?

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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