Feyenoord & Jaap Stam lay flowers for Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen
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Feyenoord & Jaap Stam lay flowers for Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen

With Dutch footballer Fernando Ricksen passing on the eve of Rangers playing Dutch club Feyenoord, our Europa League opponents have come to Ibrox to pay their respects.

Feyenoord manager and Dutch footballing legend Jaap Stam laid flowers and a Feyenoord top at the gates of Ibrox in memory of the iconic Gers full-back.

It’s a stunning touch from the De Kuip club who’ve shown themselves to be a classy outfit in the wake of Fernando’s passing.

Feyenoord have joined legions of people from across football in celebrating the life of Fernando Ricksen.

Not least Rangers fans, who’ve not only been pouring in tributes on social media but have also gathered in their hundreds to pay respects at Ibrox.

Former teammates Peter Lovenkrands and Arthur Numan have led the tributes amongst many others, whilst special mention must go to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has also been quick to celebrate the life of a player who will always be remembered by the Ibrox faithful.

“It’s very sad news for everyone connected to the club and, more importantly, his young family,” Gerrard told the press ahead of tomorrow’s match with Feyenoord.

Jaap Stam was a former Holland teammate of Fernando Ricksen. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“On behalf of the club I would like to pay tribute. He was a fantastic player who had a decorated career.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of emotions in the stadium tomorrow and I think Fernando deserves that. I’m sure both sets of supporters will pay their respects.

“We ask the supporters to get right behind the team because I think it would be a nice tribute to him if we can put in a good performance and try to get maximum points.”

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