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Rangers fan, 25, dies in 'tragic incident' in Lisbon after club's Europa League match with Benfica as club say tragedy 'has hit everyone extremely hard'

A Rangers supporter has died in Lisbon following the team’s Europa League match with Benfica.

The club confirmed Thomas McAllister, 25, passed away in a ‘tragic incident’. The circumstances of his death remain unknown.

The first leg of the last-16 tie at the Estadio da Luz ended in a 2-2 draw on Thursday evening.

A Rangers club statement read: ‘It is with profound sadness Rangers FC has been made aware supporter Thomas McAllister has passed away in Lisbon following last night’s UEFA Europa League tie with Benfica.

‘The immediate thoughts of everyone at the club are with Thomas’ family and friends, and we will remain in constant contact with both the Portuguese and British authorities over this tragic incident.’

Rangers fan Thomas McAllister (centre) passed away following Thursday's match in Lisbon

Rangers fan Thomas McAllister (centre) passed away following Thursday’s match in Lisbon

The 25-year-old, left, died in what Rangers described as a 'tragic incident' on Thursday

The 25-year-old, left, died in what Rangers described as a ‘tragic incident’ on Thursday

Rangers supporters pictured after Thursday night's match at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon

Rangers supporters pictured after Thursday night’s match at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon

The Rangers players salute their travelling supporters following Thursday's 2-2 draw

The Rangers players salute their travelling supporters following Thursday’s 2-2 draw

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Rangers CEO James Bisgrove said: ‘On behalf of the club, I want to pass on my sincere condolences to Thomas’ loved ones, family and his friends.

‘This news has hit everyone at the club extremely hard, as I am sure it will all of our supporters. Nobody should ever go to a football match and not return home.

‘The club stands ready to assist Thomas’ family in whichever way we can in the coming days and weeks.’

The Daily Record said McAllister, a father who was known as Tam to friends, hailed from Drumchapel in north-west Glasgow.

He had posted a picture on Facebook from Lisbon just hours before the tragedy.

Tributes flooded in on social media, with one friend writing: ‘Another sad, sad day in Drumchapel. Tam I have no words, a sore one to take. You will be missed so much.’

Another posted: ‘No fan should go to a game and never return home. RIP Thomas McAllister. Condolences to family and friends.’

‘Truly one of the best guys ever,’ read another Facebook tribute.

‘Such horrible news to hear man, never take a day for granted,’ said another post.

Rangers twice led in the match on Thursday night through Tom Lawrence and Dujon Sterling goals, but an Angel Di Maria penalty and Connor Goldson’s own goal mean the sides return to Ibrox next Thursday all-square. 

Benfica twice came from behind against the Scottish side in their Europa League clash

Benfica twice came from behind against the Scottish side in their Europa League clash

Tom Lawrence (pictured) had given the visitors the lead in the first-half of the last-16 clash

Tom Lawrence (pictured) had given the visitors the lead in the first-half of the last-16 clash

Dujon Sterling struck home from close range to restore Rangers' lead in the second-half

Dujon Sterling struck home from close range to restore Rangers’ lead in the second-half

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