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Rangers legend Richard Gough pays tribute to Rangers bus crash victim Ryan Baird

Rangers legend Richard Gough has paid an emotional tribute to bus crash victim Ryan Baird. The former Ibrox club captain posted a picture of himself and the 39-year-old on his Facebook page.

He said: "We have lost one of our Rangers family.

"My heart goes out to the family that has lost one of their own and I hope for a quick recovery of those that have been taken to hospital."

Ryan Baird died following a Rangers supporters' bus crash in Ayrshire which left 18 other people in hospital yesterday.

One passenger said the coach "swerved" at the roundabout and the bus landed on its side on a grass verge.

The coach was taking the Nith Valley Loyal Rangers Supporters' Club to Ibrox Stadium, where Rangers were due to play Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

Mr Baird, originally from Northern Ireland, was named by a family member and fellow fans. He had been living in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.

His cousin, Louise Evanne Baird, said he was "amazing" and would be "sadly missed".

His partner, Sarah Hughes, also paid tribute to him, saying he had loved the club.

Many of Mr Baird's friends and family members have changed their profile pictures to a Nith Valley Loyal scarf in his memory.

The club said in a statement: "The club would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and concern at this sad time."

Tributes were paid online from fans on both sides of the Old Firm divide and from Rangers supporters' clubs far and wide.

RangersLinfieldFC tweeted: "We have been informed that the man who sadly passed away was a Rangers and Linfield fan named Ryan Baird from Larne, Northern Ireland, RIP."

In a club statement, Rangers said it was "deeply saddened" by the crash, adding: "Our profound condolences go to the gentleman who has died and our thoughts are with his family.

"We are also thinking of those who have been injured and taken to hospital."

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said: "Everyone at the football club and every member of our Rangers family is thinking of all of those caught up in this terrible accident.

"Clearly this is a deeply distressing time and the board extend our deepest sympathies and concerns.

"While winning today's match was of vital importance, everything that happened on the pitch between 3pm and 5pm pales into insignificance in light of this awful news."

Rangers assistant manager Davie Weir said he was sure the club "will be very supportive in regards to anything they can do to help the situation".

Celtic also passed on their condolences in a club statement.

The club said: "In relation to news of today's accident involving Rangers supporters on their way to the match, everyone at Celtic sends our sincere condolences following the death of a supporter.

Ayrshire Police issued the following info this morning

Following a fatal coach crash in Ayrshire on Saturday 1 October 2016,

The man who died in the crash can be named as 39 year old Ryan Baird from Sanquhar in Dumfries. Mr Baird was originally from Larne, Northern Ireland.

Following an update from medical staff, four people remained in hospital overnight. Three people, two men, aged 19 and 61 and a woman, aged 64 remain in hospital and one man, aged 67 has been released today. Medical staff describe their condition and serious but not life threatening.

The coach was removed from the location last night for further examination and enquiries into establishing the circumstances of the crash are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Irvine Police Office on 101.

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