Celtic fans pay tribute to Irish teen Aoibhe Byrne who died in tragic accident this week

Celtic fans pay tribute to Irish teen Aoibhe Byrne who died in tragic accident this week

CELTIC fans have paid tribute to 14-year-old Irish girl Aoibhe Byrne, who tragically died in an accident earlier this week.

The young Celtic fan from Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan passed away on Wednesday, with her funeral being held today.

In the 14th minute of Celtic's game against Rangers this afternoon, Hoops supporters had a minute's applause in tribute to the youngster.

They also displayed a banner, reading: "RIP Aoibhe #Forever14."

The gesture came about after a Celtic fan proposed the tribute on social media, with the plans being shared by supporters’ groups, including the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs.

The move follows Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney paying tribute to the teen after Monaghan’s Ulster SFC win over Down on Saturday.

"My initial thoughts today are not football, it’s about a young lassie in Magheracloone who was killed the other day, Aoibhe Byrne, from a very passionate Monaghan football family," he told Sky Sports.

"I was at the wake yesterday evening, it's devastating for them and it was my first thought after the game, that poor family."

The popular teenager's tragic death led to an outpouring of grief from the local community and across Ireland.

Tributes have been paid to her throughout the week, with her football club, Magheracloone Ladies, describing her as 'a beautiful soul, always with a smile on her face'.

Her basketball club, Carrick Cruisers, said Aoibhe had 'a beautiful smile and bubbly personality' while her school, Coláiste Dún An Rí, said she was 'an excellent student and a key member of our sports team'.

More than a thousand mourners attended a candlelit vigil for Aoibhe at Magheracloone Mitchells GAA club on Friday night.

Meanwhile, friends and mourners lined the streets today as her funeral cortege made its way to St Peter and St Paul's Church in Carrickmacross.

Those at the church heard how her parents, Gary and Olivia, believed they 'were blessed to have her in our lives'.