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Perhaps the real tragedy of the 1971 Ibrox disaster is that the warning signs were there and were shamefully ignored

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Aftermath of horror: Safety experts examine the mangled barriers of Stairway 13 following the Ibrox Disaster of January 1971

Aftermath of horror: Safety experts examine the mangled barriers of Stairway 13 following the Ibrox Disaster of January 1971

Lest we forget: the late Billy McNeill (left) and John Greig, respective club captains of Celtic and Rangers at the time of the Ibrox Disaster, carry a wreath onto the pitch to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy

Lest we forget: the late Billy McNeill (left) and John Greig, respective club captains of Celtic and Rangers at the time of the Ibrox Disaster, carry a wreath onto the pitch to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy

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Aftermath of horror: Safety experts examine the mangled barriers of Stairway 13 following the Ibrox Disaster of January 1971

It won't be long before Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is celebrating his 70th birthday.

I know this because, during a memorable but uncomfortable lunch with him at the Belfast Hilton's Sonoma Restaurant nine years ago, he told me he was 19 when he attended an Old Firm game at Ibrox Park in January 1971.

I say 'uncomfortable' because Sir Kenny is not someone who suffers fools gladly.


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