Rangers and Hearts set to unite in fight against Motor Neurone Disease
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Rangers and Hearts set to unite in fight against Motor Neurone Disease

Rangers are teaming up with Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash in order to raise funds in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Both clubs have lost players from their past to the degenerative neurological condition and are taking the clash at Tynecastle as a chance to raise awareness and funding.

Ahead of the crunch Scottish Premiership clash, Rangers will warm-up wearing special number 2 shirts in honour of Dutch star Fernando Ricksen, who tragically passed away in 2019.

Hearts will do similar by warming up wearing a number 26 shirt in honour of Scottish Cup winning captain Marius Zaliukus, who also played for Rangers and died with the condition in 2020.

Fans are being encouraged to donate to bucket collections at the match whilst supporters can donate £5 to MND Scotland by texting CUREMND to 70660.

The tragic loss of Fernando Ricksen and Marius Zaliukus aren’t the only major incidences of Motor Neurone disease between the clubs either.

Rangers and Hearts fans all too familiar with pain of Motor Neurone Disease

David Hagen – who also played for Rangers, Hearts and Falkirk – also tragically lost his life with the condition just months both Marius Zaliukus in July 2020.

As part of the special campaign, Hearts have also produced a short film with loyal Jambo Stevie Morris, who has been diagnosed with the condition.

Tragically, after just being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in February, Stevie has been given only months to live.

It’s an emotional story and Stevie Morris deserves huge credit for his bravery and approach to this condition which he is fighting with dignity and grace.

This is a remarkably powerful cause that is close to a lot of Rangers fans’ hearts and across Scottish football it’s something that has rocked our game time and again.

Celtic fans too know the pain of the condition with club legend Jimmy Johnstone passing with Motor Neurone Disease in 2006.

Please give what you can if you’re going along to Edinburgh on Sunday, enjoy the game and take a moment to consider the challenge that this illness presents to people both in and out of football.

Meanwhile, Rangers continue to be extensively linked to one of Hearts’ top performers this season.