‘I held you and the angels took you away’ Heart-wrenching note for tragic Celtic fan Cairn, 15

    The family of a 15-year-old Celtic fan, who tragically died after colliding with a car, in Dundee, have paid tribute to their ‘much-loved son’.

    Cairn Rankine, a pupil at Morgan Academy in Dundee, was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics who fought for nearly an hour.

    His family said: “As a family we are devastated by our sudden loss, Cairn was a much-loved son and was a brother to two sisters.

    “He was a pupil at Morgan Academy in S4 where he had great friends.

    “He was also a Lance Corporal in Army Cadets in the Medics, along with assisting at Stobswell Army Cadets. Cairn was also a big football fan.

    “We do not wish to comment further and asked that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

    A man, who was at the scene and tried to help Cairn Rankine, wrote a card and left it at the memorial. The man, who signed his name Steve, wrote:

    “This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I can’t for a moment imagine how the people who love you the most are feeling today.

    “Although we were strangers I hope you felt the love I have for my son, who is just a little older than you, transfer through us as I held you and the angels took you away.

    “Your last moments in life will forever be with me. I’m so, so, so sorry I couldn’t help you other than hold you like you were my own.

    “I hope to find you one day and we can finally shake hands and properly get to know one another.

    “God bless, buddy.”

    Celtic fans gave a minute’s applause in Cairn’s memory at Saturday’s clash against St Mirren.

    One supporter said on Twitter: “It would mean the world if the Celtic family could have a minutes applause for him in the 15th minute.”