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Funeral of Rangers fan killed in supporters bus crash held

Ryan Baird died and 18 others were injured after the coach crashed into a verge and overturned.

Ryan Baird: Rangers fan laid to rest.
Ryan Baird: Rangers fan laid to rest.

The funeral of a Rangers fan killed when a supporters bus overturned has been held.

Ryan Baird died and 18 others were injured after the coach crashed into a verge and overturned on the A76 on its way to Ibrox on October 1.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton was among hundreds of mourners who attended the 39-year-old's funeral in Magheramorne, County Antrim, on Saturday.

Mr Baird, who was due to be married next August, was originally from Larne in Northern Ireland but had lived in Dumfries and Galloway for several years.

The father-of-two was a member of Larne Rangers Supporters' Club and played in the Cairncastle and Carnlough flute bands.

Following the crash which claimed Mr Baird's life, wellwishers including singer and Celtic supporter Rod Stewart raised more than £2000 for his family.

Mourners wore Rangers scarves and formed a guard of honour outside St Bride's Church in Sanquhar during a memorial service on Thursday.

A minute's silence was held at a Rangers versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle match the next day, where fans unfurled a banner reading "RIP Ryan Baird".

Following the funeral, a Rangers Football Club spokesman said: "The management and staff have being doing their best to support all of those involved in this accident. "It's the least we can do and we are more than happy if it helps in any way at this tragic time."

An investigation is under way into the cause of the collision.

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