Fernando Ricksen dies at 43 battling motor neurone disease.
Ibrox club has confirmed Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen death at the age of 43. The ex-player battled motor neurone disease.
Former Rangers player, Ricksen suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since October 2013. He passed away in a hospice on Wednesday morning.
The Netherlands international was a fan’s favorite during his six-year spell at Rangers. This after being signed by compatriot Dick Advocaat in 2000.
The late helped Ibrox club win the domestic cup double in 2002 under Alex McLeish. Additionally, he assisted the club win the treble in 2003. Thereafter, he was a captain for a trophy double in 2005.
Rangers club released a statement following his death. It read, “Rangers is deeply saddened to announce that former player Fernando Ricksen passed away this morning following his battle with motor neurone disease.”
“Everyone’s thoughts in Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella, all his family and friends.”
Other clubs followed the Rangers in sending their condolence messages. They include Premiership clubs Aberdeen and Celtic.
Ricksen arrived at Rangers from AZ Alkmaar after starting his career at Fortuna Sittard. He left Ibrox for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and reunited with Advocaat.
The late featured in 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.