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Rangers fans bid farewell to Andy Goram as funeral cortège passes Ibrox

Fans paid tribute to the football legend at Ibrox ahead of a private funeral at Wellington Church.

Rangers fans have lined the streets around Ibrox to pay their respects to former goalkeeper Andy Goram.

On Monday, the funeral cortège made its way through Govan before travelling to a private service for Goram, who passed away earlier this month after a short battle with oesophageal cancer at the age of 58.

A private funeral is taking place at Wellington Church, in the city’s Hillhead area at 2pm.

Ally McCoist and John Brown are among those paying their respects and celebrating the life of the former goalkeeper at the private service, who revealed that he had been diagnosed with incurable cancer in May.

Among the other iconic figures from the world of Scottish football in attendance at the ceremony include Sir Alex Ferguson, Derek McInnes, Richard Gough, Alex Rae and Alex McLeish.

Supporters were invited to pay their respects when the cortège passed Ibrox at 1pm on Monday.

The funeral cortege passed Ibrox. STV News
Ibrox has been decorated with tributes from fans. STV News
Goram was nicknamed 'The Goalie'.SNS Group
Fans lined the streets of Govan to pay tribute to Goram. STV News

Goram played for a total of 12 clubs during his career, but it is his time at Ibrox that he is most fondly remembered as a key-member of their most successful team.

During seven years at Rangers he won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups in 260 appearances for Gers between 1991 and 1998.

Tributes flooded in from players, fans, and the wider community following the death of Goram, who was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Scottish football.

Ally McCoist and John Brown paid tribute at the doors of Ibrox. STV News
Richard Gough is among those in attendance at the private ceremony. STV News
Ally McCoist is among the ex Rangers players in attendance. SNS Group

The Ibrox side confirmed on Saturday, July 2, that Goram, who confirmed doctors had given him about six months to live in May after being diagnosed with level four oesophageal cancer, had passed away.

Paying tribute on their website, they wrote: “Rangers Football Club are today deeply saddened to announce the death of our legendary goalkeeper, Andy Goram, following a short battle with cancer.

“Goram, 58, made 260 appearances for Gers between 1991 and 1998. In that time, he won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

“His performances in the inaugural UEFA Champions League in 1992/93 were outstanding, as Gers defeated English champions Leeds United to qualify for the tournament, before coming within a whisker of reaching the final.

“Goram was also something of an Old Firm specialist, and as the decade progressed and clashes between the two became more and more important, he was often the difference between the two sides with some astonishing saves.

“In a 1999 supporters’ poll, he was voted the Greatest Rangers Goalkeeper of all time, and after retirement, was still a regular face around Ibrox on matchdays and still wowed the crowd with some memorable appearances in legends teams.

“Born in Bury, Goram began his career at Oldham Athletic before moving north to play with distinction for Hibernian from 1987 to 1991 prior to his big move to Ibrox.

“After Rangers, he was to feature for Notts County, Sheffield United, Motherwell for three seasons, Manchester United, where he helped the Red Devils claim the Premier League in 2001; Hamilton Accies, Coventry, another spell at Oldham, Queen of the South and then lastly Elgin City.

“Indeed, his spell at Palmerston with Queens saw him become the first player to complete the set of Scottish medals when he claimed a Challenge Cup medal to go alongside winners’ prizes in the Scottish top flight, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

“The thoughts of the directors, management, players and staff are today with Andy’s family, and would ask that their privacy is respected at this sad time.”

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