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Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen dies, aged 43

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Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen during their UEFA Champions League 2nd leg group H football match at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, 23 November 2005.

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ByEurosport UK
18/09/2019 at 09:54 | Updated 18/09/2019 at 11:14

Netherlands international and Rangers folk hero Fernando Ricksen has died after a long battle with motor neurone dissase

Ricksen was diagnosed with the disease after finishing his career in 2013 and died just outside Glasgow where he made his home for six years from 2000.

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A fiercely combative player, RIcksen was a perfect fit for the Ibrox club and won two league titles there under countryman Dick Advocaat.

Spending most of his career at right back, a move into midfield in the 2005/6 campaign proved inspired and he went on to win the Players's Player of the Year award as the Gers won the double in what would prove to be the final season at Ibrox.

His open battle with his terminal illness only added to the great affection he was held in and last month fans of his two Dutch clubs AZ Alkmaar and Fortuna Sittard unveiled huge banners paying tribute to him.

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