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

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Fernando Ricksen was captain as Rangers won the Scottish Premier League in 2005

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.

Former team-mate Peter Lovenkrands and 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 reached the 2008 Uefa Cup final against Rangers, though he did not feature as the Russian side won 2-0.

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

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‘He was a winner’

Ricksen’s former Rangers team-mate Arthur Numan

Straight from the beginning he gave 100% for the Rangers jersey, he was a winner.

He was a favourite of the fans because of what he gave on the park and also as captain of the team.

Numan and Ricksen were team-mates for three years

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