Tributes paid to Rangers fan killed in supporters' bus crash


Tributes have been paid to a 39-year-old man who died following a Rangers supporters' bus crash in Ayrshire which left 18 other people in hospital.

Ryan Baird died after the crash on the A76 at the Crossroads roundabout near to Bowhouse Prison on Saturday at around 1.15pm, friends said.

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.

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

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

In a club statement, Rangers said it was "deeply saddened" by the crash, with managing director Stewart Robertson adding: "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."

Coach crash

Police Scotland said in a statement: "Police Scotland can confirm a 39-year-old man has died following a serious coach crash on the A76 near Crosshouse Roundabout.

"Eighteen people are receiving treatment in hospital, three of whom are in a serious condition. This includes seven men under 20 years of age, three men and three women aged between 30 and 59 and five men over 60."

A total of 36 passengers and the driver were on board the bus at the time of the crash.

Police said inquiries are continuing and appealed for information.