Tributes flood in for Gers fan

Tributes flood in for Gers fan

Tributes have been paid to a 39-year-old man who died following a Rangers supporters' bus crash 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.

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."