Rangers and Hearts fans raise impressive figure for MND Scotland
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Rangers and Hearts fans raise impressive figure for MND Scotland

Rangers and Hearts fans raised a staggering £24,245.72 for MND Scotland on Sunday, with the two teams joining together to fundraise for the charity last weekend.

This was an excellent sum raised for the charity and it is one that is close to both clubs’ hearts as they have been impacted by the terrible disease in recent years.

Rangers captain Fernando Ricken lifts the title in 2005 after a dramatic final day, he sadly passed away in September 2019 after a brace battle with MND.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in September 2019 while Marius Zaliukas, who played for both Rangers and Hearts, died last October.

Former player David Hagen, who also represented both sides suffered from the debilitating disease and died in July last year.

Prior to the match, both Rangers and Hearts wore shirts that featured the charity logo on them and highlighted how important it is to raise as much money for the charity as possible.

All three players who sadly passed away due to the condition have each played a part in the success of both teams.

Ricksen was an inaugural part of the Ibrox side under Alex McLeish which went on to win the treble in 2002/03 and the dramatic finale in 2005 where he captained the side to the title.

The nine in a row Rangers side featured many players, and David Hagen was one, a vital member of the team between 1992 and 1994 before he moved onto Hearts to further his playing career.

Whereas Zaliukas started off at Hearts, winning the 2012 Scottish Cup before joining the Ibrox side for one season in 2014/15 as the team fought to get back into the top flight.

Former Rangers and Hearts player Marius Zaliukas suffered from MND and sadly passed away in October 2020. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The money raised will go towards care to help the lives of people who suffer from MND and to continue to research for a cure.

Meanwhile, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been praised by an official UEFA account for his wonderful start in charge of the club.