‘Absolutely ridiculous’ - Ally McCoist fumes over what happened during Rangers v Hibs

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Ally McCoist has been critical about what was found after Rangers v Hibs

Rangers icon Ally McCoist has had his say on the recent allegations that a Hibs supporter mocked the Ibrox disaster which took place during a Celtic vs Rangers match in 1971. Rangers, under the new management of Philippe Clement, enjoyed a 4-0 win over the Leith-based side but celebrations were soured when it was discovered graffiti and stickers depicting Stairway 13 and the number 66 - the number of fans who lost their lives in the tragedy - were over seats in the away section.

In January 1971, a crowd crush at an exit stairway following an Old Firm game saw not just the 66 deaths but a further 200 injuries. It was the worst British football disaster until the Bradford City stadium fire in 1985. Following strong announcements from both Rangers and Hibs, the ex-Rangers star Ally McCoist has heavily criticised the actions. McCoist played for the Ibrox giants from 1983-1998, playing in over 418 league appearances for the side as a striker.

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The 61-year-old former Scotland international, who was speaking on talkSPORT, with his quotes reported in the Daily Record, said of the actions: “I actually don’t think football is the problem there, I don’t. That’s a mental problem with someone. That is people who are not right in the head to be brutally honest with you. Who in their right mind goes to organise stickers and celebrate the death of people? It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Edinburgh Evening News reported on Monday that one fan has already been banned following the incident and Hibs have vowed to identify others who defaced the seats. The offender has, according to sources close to the club, been handed an ‘indefinite’ ban from any matches involving Hibs and the Easter Road side are continuing to scour CCTV footage in pursuit of anyone else involved.

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