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17th Sep 2022

Dundee United fans sing ‘Lizzie’s in a box’ during minute’s silence at Ibrox

Simon Lloyd

Rangers fans reacted angrily after the minute’s silence ended

Dundee United supporters interrupted a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II ahead of their match with Rangers at Ibrox by singing ‘Lizzie’s in a box’.

Rangers, who defied UEFA by playing God Save The King ahead of their Champions League game against Napoli on Wednesday, had announced plans for a minute’s silence before Saturday afternoon’s Scottish Premiership clash.

With players gathered around the centre circle, however, booing was heard from Ibrox’s away end as soon as the minute’s silence began, with the offensive songs heard soon after.

Rangers’ fans later showed their disapproval with loud boos when the minute’s silence ended. The home support then joined together to sing the national anthem before kick-off. The commentator at Ibrox declared:

“99% of Ibrox showing absolute respect. One or two should go home and look themselves in the mirror.”

Following the game, Dundee United released the following statement:

‘Dundee United are aware of the actions of a small section of the crowd who chose to not respect the minute’s silence before this afternoon’s match at Ibrox.

‘As a club, ahead of the game we reached out to advise our supporters of the pre-match arrangements with the expectation that the minute silence would be observed.’

The chanting incident occurred after it was reported Sky Sports had told their production team to be ready to reduce noise from Celtic supporters during live coverage of their game away at St Mirren on Sunday.

Celtic faced Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League group game in Warsaw in midweek, with supporters unfurling offensive banners about the Queen following her death the previous week. BT Sport, who broadcast the game in the UK, apologised after the banners briefly appeared on screen.

UEFA have since opened disciplinary proceeding against Celtic for the banners, though have decided not to do so with Rangers over their decision to play the national anthem.

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