Rangers pay tribute to soldier who was shot dead in Afghanistan

DO NOT USE Walter Barrie and his son Callum at Ibrox stadium, the home of Rangers FC, who they support.
Rangers: Walter Barrie and his son Callum at Ibrox.

Rangers have paid tribute to a soldier killed in Afghanistan who was a lifelong fan of the club.

Captain Walter Barrie was shot dead by a member of the Afghan army while playing in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at his base when he was shot at close range in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province on Sunday.

The 41-year-old, from Glasgow, was serving with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, when he was killed.

Captain Barrie had served for 25 years, including tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan in 2008. He was a Rangers season ticket holder and leaves behind his wife Sonia, 44, and 15-year-old son Callum.

On Tuesday, Rangers manager Ally McCoist said: "On behalf of all the players, directors and management team at Rangers I would like pass on my sincere condolences to Captain Walter Barrie's family.

"I am sure there are no words of comfort that will ease their pain but everyone at the club is thinking about them at this difficult time.

"Having read the tributes to Walter by family, friends and fellow members of the armed services, it is clear he was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. I also know he was a massive Rangers fan and his loss is undoubtedly a loss that will be felt by the football club as well."

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