'Beautiful gesture' - Some fans back club's latest touching tribute to Fernando Ricksen
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Rangers change Twitter profile picture in honour of Fernando Ricksen

Due to the passing of Fernando Ricksen, Wednesday was a very emotional day for all involved with Rangers.

The former Gers star and Holland international sadly passed away aged 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease.

Ricksen lifting the 2005 SPL trophy as Rangers captain. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Tributes poured in not just from the club and its support base, but from across Scottish and world football. Ricksen left a lasting impression on many, for his exploits on the field and his brave battle off it.

At Ibrox, the flags flew at half-mast, while Feyenoord staff visited the stadium to pay tribute at the gates during the afternoon.

Jaap Stam leaves flowers at Ibrox on Wednesday in tribute. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Both the women’s and Rangers youth sides in action yesterday paid their respects with minutes of silence.

Then, at 10:30 pm, the club took a further symbolic step on social media.

Rangers change Twitter profile picture

The Rangers crest has been replaced by a large white number two, the shirt number worn by Ricksen during his time at the club, surrounded by a blue background. The club’s Instagram and Facebook accounts have also been changed.

It’s a move that has been commended by fans, many of whom have followed suit.

Here’s a selection of reactions to the tribute:

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Rangers fans will have a chance to bid farewell to their hero on Thursday evening as the club return to Europa League action at Ibrox.

Hopefully, the players will deliver a fittingly strong performance on the pitch, one that Fernando himself would have been proud to be a part of.

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