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Hannah Mackenzie Wood

Rangers fans urged to join minute's applause for teen who died in Greek quad bike tragedy

Rangers fans are being urged to join a minute applause at Ibrox next week in tribute to a Scots teen who tragically died in a quad bike accident.

Ryan Bennet, from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, was holidaying on the Greek island of Zakynthos when he was involved in the horror crash in the early hours of Friday, July 7. It is understood the 18-year-old was riding on a quad with a friend when it veered off a path and overturned.

Emergency services attended and he was rushed to Zakynthos hospital, but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Now, a popular Rangers fan page is calling on supporters to take part in a minute applause for Ryan during the team's upcoming pre-season friendly against Newcastle United on Tuesday, July 18.

Posting to Instagram, account @rangers_fantv said the applause will take place during the 18th minute of the game 'in celebration for the 18 years Ryan had on this earth'.

The post reads: "As we kick off pre-season, we have a game against Newcastle United on Tuesday 18th of July. We would be greatly appreciative if EVERYONE in Ibrox on the given day could participate in a (Minute of applause) on the (18th minute) in celebration for the 18-years Ryan had on this earth as well as support for all of his family & friends in this time of grieving.

Ryan Bennet died following the crash in Zakynthos (Facebook)

"I would greatly appreciate if everyone could share this post and try our best to make this a reality.

Ryan's girlfriend Caitlin Ball led tributes to the tragic teen on social media, saying that she had lost her "best friend." She wrote: "Today I lost the most important boy in my life and there is simply no way I could ever even begin to describe how losing your best friend like this feels.

"Ryan you are everything I ever wanted and so much more. I appreciate every single bit of love you have ever given me. I love you with my whole heart forever. I hope I make you as proud as you make me my love."

A JustGiving fundraiser has also been launched by Ryan's family in order to repatriate their much-loved relative. The page has already surpassed its £10,000 target, with the total currently sitting at just over £14,000.

A message on the page reads: "Our beloved Ryan has tragically lost his life in a quad bike accident on the Greek Island of Zante in the early hours of July 7. We are raising funds to help bring Ryan home so he can be laid to rest here in Scotland.

"Although we're completely overwhelmed with sadness, we feel honoured that we got to call you family and have you in our lives for 18 years. Rest in peace my sweet boy, you are so loved."

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