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When Ugo Ehiogu produced moment of magic against Celtic in 2007 Old Firm Derby

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The football world is in a state of shock today following Ugo Ehiogu's tragic death.

While training with Tottenham Under-23s on Thursday, the Englishman collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest. He was rushed to hospital but sadly passed away this morning.

As a former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Rangers and England player, Ehiogu touched the lives of many throughout his playing career.

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He only played nine games for Rangers throughout a spell that lasted a year, but the Gers released a touching statement nevertheless.

"Rangers Football Club is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of former defender Ugo Ehiogu," it read.

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"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.

"He died after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training ground and everyone associated with the club sends their sincere condolences to Ugo's family and friends at this difficult time."

Celtic v Rangers

As Rangers touched upon, Ehiogu provided one moment of magic during his time at the club: his brilliant overhead kick in a 1-0 win at Celtic Park in 2007.

In the video below, Ehiogu - who was a centre-back by the way! - acrobatically found the top-right corner to open the scoring and silence Celtic's fans. Check it out.

EHIOGU: CLINICAL STRIKER IN DISGUISE

Stunning. Ehiogu only scored a handful of goals throughout a career that spanned 20 years, but this was undoubtedly his finest.

His wonder strike was ultimately in vain as Rangers finished runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League for a second season running.

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The England international was released the following January and joined Sheffield United, where he retired a year later.

Ehiogu's career may have been plagued by injuries, but his contributions to English football as a player and coach will live long in the memory.

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