Belfast Telegraph

Celtic fan Rod backs fund for crash death Northern Ireland Rangers supporter Ryan Baird

By Laura Paterson

Rod Stewart has donated cash to a fund set up after a Rangers fan from Northern Ireland died in a bus crash at the weekend.

The superstar - a huge supporter of Old Firm rivals Celtic - contributed to the fundraising drive in memory of Ryan Baird after getting in touch with former Ibrox skipper Richard Gough.

Mr Baird (39) died after the Nith Valley Loyal Rangers Supporters' Club coach he was travelling in crashed on the A76 near Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Fans were travelling to see Rangers play Partick Thistle at Ibrox when the accident happened at around 1.15pm.

Mr Gough said: "As soon as it happened Rod got in touch with me and said as soon as a fund was set up I was to let him know, which I did.

"He made a contribution, which is fantastic, which I have thanked him for. He is a good man."

In Rod's message to Mr Gough, he said: "At sad times like this we are one big football loving family. RS (Celtic)."

The accident left 18 other supporters in hospital.

Mr Baird, originally from Larne, had been living in Sanquhar in 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.

Rangers players have visited injured fans in hospital.

The supporters' club thanked Rangers for their support and said managing director Stewart Robertson, manager Mark Warburton, assistant manager David Weir and players had met with fans at their base on Tuesday. It said four first-team players had also visited the two supporters still in hospital.

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