Fernando Ricksen: Ex-Rangers player dies aged 43 after motor neurone disease battle

Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43, the Ibrox club have confirmed.

The Netherlands international had been suffering from motor neurone disease.

Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by compatriot Dick Advocaat in 2000.

Under Alex McLeish, he helped the Ibrox club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.

Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.

“The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added.

Premiership clubs Aberdeen and Celtic tweeted their condolences.

Ricksen arrived at Rangers from AZ Alkmaar after starting his career at Fortuna Sittard. He left Ibrox for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and was there reunited with Advocaat.

He was part of the Zenit squad that faced Rangers in the 2008 Uefa Cup final, which the Russian side won 2-0.

Between 2000 and 2003, Ricksen won 12 caps for his country.

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