Ex-Rangers star Lionel Charbonnier sends Fernando Ricksen tribute

Former Rangers goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier has taken to Twitter to remember the late Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen.

Ricksen eventually lost his six-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease after fighting an astonishing battle against it for so long.

Charbonnier – who was in the French squad who won the 1998 World Cup although he never played – lavished praise on both Ricksen himself and Rangers Football Club.

“Great Rangers, a big club, a big family in a mythical stadium”, said Charbonnier.

“For an extraordinary man, an exemplary teammate, you have marked the lives of all of us. What pride for me to meet you. You deserve this love my FERNANDO rip.”

Lionel Charbonnier joined Rangers in 1998 and spent three seasons at the club, largely playing second fiddle to the legendary Stefan Klos.

Ricksen joined Rangers in 2000 and spent six seasons with the club and would’ve spent a year playing with Charbonnier at Ibrox.

In that space of time, the notoriously fiery Dutchman clearly left a lasting impression on the Frenchman, who had one cap for his country.

Tributes have been flooding in from across football for former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Despite being a bit-part player at Rangers, it’s truly incredible the impression that Rangers has left on Charbonnier and how emotionally charged the tributes to Ricksen have made him.

Since Fernando passed away, tributes have been flooding in from across football, not least from Ibrox, were Rangers fans have sent hundreds of messages and left tributes by a stunning memorial to the player at the gates of Ibrox.

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