By Danny Wright
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to offer their condolences to the friends and family of Ibrox favourite Ugo Ehiogu, who died on Friday aged 44.
The late Tottenham Under-23 coach collapsed at Spurs’ Enfield training ground on Thursday but sadly passed away in the early hours of April 21.
Spurs announced the news in a statement on their official Twitter account.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach,” read the message.
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. pic.twitter.com/sSU0yqVfyk
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu spent less than a year at Ibrox but left a lasting legacy at the club when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Celtic in 2007 – which was later voted as the fan’s goal of the season.
The Light Blues also published a club statement on their website after the news broke.
“Rangers Football Club is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of former defender Ugo Ehiogu,” read the statement.
“The 44-year-old Englishman joined the Light Blues when Walter Smith returned as manager in 2007 and made a huge impact in his short time in Glasgow – notably his winning goal at Celtic Park in the derby.”
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news and are understandably devastated.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Sad news RIP Ugo
— KennyGrfc (@kennygrfc) April 21, 2017
— Kiwi True Blues FC (@kiwitruebluesfc) April 21, 2017
— ????????????????????????????????????Gordon Watson (@Gordon_Watson) April 21, 2017
RIP Ugo taken far too soon you have left memorie's for lots of fans at the clubs you served.
— William60 (@wully_1960) April 21, 2017
— James Douglas (@juicyartifact) April 21, 2017
Shocking news. 44 no age at all. RIP.
— David McClean (@DeErFc) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu spent most of his career in England with Aston Villa where he made 248 appearances in a nine-year spell in the 1990s.
His career also saw him turn out for West Brom, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Sheffield United before retiring from the professional game in 2007 after a short stint at Bramall Lane.
He was part of the Villa team that won two League Cups before winning the competition once more at Boro.
Ehiogu earned four senior international caps for England, scoring one goal in a friendly match against Spain in 2001.
His post-playing career saw him work in the youth set-ups of both England and Tottenham.
In other Rangers news, the Light Blues are lining up a summer move for this midfield goal machine.