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Sep
27

THE message “Ibrox 71” was scratched into the paintwork ahead of the match between the two sides at Pittodrie.

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TWISTED Aberdeen fans vandalised the Rangers team bus before today’s powderkeg fixture with a sickening reference to the Ibrox disaster that claimed the lives of 66 people in 1971.

The message “Ibrox 71” is a reference to the tragedy that struck in January 1971 when 66 Gers fans died in a crush on a stairway at Ibrox at the end of an Old Firm game.

The scratched writing on the paintwork also says “Durrant dived”. This refers to Rangers legend Ian Durrant whose career was blighted by a horror tackle by Aberdeen star Neil Simpson at Pittodrie in 1988.

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The vandals also made reference to the horror tackle that blighted Ian Durrant’s career

The Rangers team stayed at a hotel in Aberdeenshire ahead of today’s clash with the Dons. Police Scotland are now investigating the matter.

The vandalism further heightened tension before the big match with police earlier warning fans to be on their best behaviour.

The rivalry between the two sets of supporters is one of the most poisonous in Scotland and police were keen to keep a lid on the fixture as the sides met for the first time since the financial implosion at Ibrox in 2012.

During the match, Aberdeen fans taunted the travelling support by holding a minute’s applause to welcome “Rangers to Pittodrie for the first time”.

The Red Army clapped in the 12th minute – a reference to the year that liquidation struck at Ibrox – with some wearing black armbands.

The vandalism of the Rangers bus and the reference to the Ibrox disaster was widely condemned on social media.

When the Rangers team bus arrived at Pittodrie ahead of the game, which Aberdeen won 2-1, the damage to the coach had been taped up to hide the scrawled messages.

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The Rangers bus arrives at Pittodire with masking tape after it had been vandalised
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Police prepare for the powderkeg fixture at Pittodrie

 

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