The Red Arrows fly over the Titanic slipway, the Titanic Museum and the Samson and Goliath cranes in Belfast as part of their UK-wide flypast to mark VJ Day 150820 CREDIT PA
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Rangers: Red Arrows 'Unable' To Do Title Celebration Flypast

A campaign which has raised more than £60,000 for the RAF display team to perform will now donate the funds to charity.

The Red Arrows fly over the Titanic slipway, the Titanic Museum and the Samson and Goliath cranes in Belfast as part of their UK-wide flypast to mark VJ Day 150820 CREDIT PA

Rangers Football Club supporters who launched a fundraiser hoping for an RAF air display to mark a potential Scottish Premiership title say the Red Arrows are unable to take part.

Fans raised more than £60,000 with hopes of the Royal Air Force aerobatic display team flying over Glasgow to mark what could be the club's 55th league title and first in 10 years.

The money will now be donated to charity.

Posting on the campaign's GoFundMe webpage, fund organiser Lee Calder confirmed the Red Arrows would not be able to perform after discussions with the squadron leader.

"We have been informed by the squadron leader that the Red Arrows are unable to do the proposed flyby for 55," an update read.

"We know everyone will be as gutted as we are about this, but we can feel nothing but pride together for what we have achieved, raising almost £60,000 in this trying time.

All the money raised by Rangers fans for the display will be donated to charity.

"We will close the fund on Friday at midday and get the money to each charity accordingly. We will document every step of the process for full clarity for everyone."

Supporters were hoping the Royal Air Force aerobatic display team would fly above Ibrox Stadium, George Square in the centre of Glasgow and over Bridgeton in the east end of the city to mark what could be the team's first title in 10 years.

Steven Gerrard's side currently has an 18-point lead at the top of the table.

According to the fundraising page, cash donated will go to charity Erskine, which supports former military personnel and their families, and the Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation, which raises money to fight cancer.

It set an initial goal of £14,000, but that was smashed as more than 3,000 fans pledged their money.

The GoFundMe page, set up by Mr Calder has now closed.

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