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Before the funeral, a huge banner was displayed for the late Rangers fan Thomas McAllister

A huge banner has been unfurled over a busy Glasgow road in memory of a Rangers fan who tragically passed away. The emotional message of condolence for Thomas McAllister was displayed over a bridge on the Great Western Road as mourners gathered to pay their last respects at his funeral on Thursday.

Thomas, known as Tam to his friends, sadly died while following the Light Blues on a European tour to Lisbon last month. The 25-year-old was pronounced dead after falling from a chair at a hotel in the Portuguese capital shortly after Rangers’ clash with Benfica.

A service was held in Clydebank for the father of two from Drumchapel. The banner above a bridge on the A82 read: “Rest in peace Tam McAllister”.

The banner is similar to one unveiled by Rangers fans during the second leg against Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on March 14. Condolences poured in for the popular Tam following his shocking death, with his close friend Andrew Johnston organising an online fundraiser.

The Just Giving page raised over £30,000, with well-wishers posting their appreciation for the popular supporter.

The exhibition was unveiled today above the Great Western RoadThe exhibition was unveiled today above the Great Western Road

The exhibition was unveiled today above the Great Western Road – Photo credit: Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record

Lynne McKay, who donated, said: “My devastation at the tragic loss of our young bear knows no bounds. I cannot get over it and send all my love to his family and friends… He was so happy on his last day it breaks my heart.”

Another wrote: “Thinking of all his friends, family and his two beautiful babies. Sending my love to you all during this difficult time.”

And Jodie Houston said: “No one should go there to support their team and never come back.”

Rangers FC officially paid tribute to the late fan as they announced his sad passing.

A statement from the club said: “It is with deep sadness that Rangers FC has learned of the passing of its fan Thomas McAllister following the UEFA Europa League match against Benfica in Lisbon last night.”

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Thomas’ family and friends and we will remain in constant contact with the Portuguese and British authorities regarding this tragic incident.”

Portuguese police launched an investigation into Tam’s death, which they said did not appear “suspicious.”

A spokesman for the Policia Judiciaria said earlier: “I can confirm that we are investigating the death of a man in a Lisbon hotel last night. We are still awaiting the results of an autopsy before we can say more.”

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