A motion has been lodged in parliament celebrating the life of Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen by a Glasgow MP following the Dutchman’s death from MND.

South West SNP MP Chris Stephens, whose constituency includes Ibrox Stadium, has lodged the motion which remembers the former international’s life and praises the “inspiring way he fought against his illness both raising awareness and funds for the Fernando Ricksen Foundation which aims to help others suffering from the incurable disease.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 22: Captain Fernando Ricksen of Rangers lifts the Scottish Premier League trophy as his team mates celebrate during the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road Stadium on May 22, 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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So far, it has been signed by six other MPs from across Labour, Conservatives and the SNP.

The motion also extends sympathy to Ricksen’s wife Veronika and his daughter Isabella and “all his family, friends and in the football family who are mourning his loss.”

Ricksen’s funeral took place on Wednesday with thousands of Rangers fans gathering outside Ibrox to pay a final tribute to the 43-year-old as the cortege made its way along Edmiston Drive.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Fans pay their respects to former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen as his funeral cortege makes its way past Ibrox Stadium, along Paisley Road West on September 25, 2019 in Glasgow,Scotland. The Dutch international died last week at the age of 43 after battling motor neurone disease since 2013.
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The Fernando Ricksen Foundation has raised a phenomenal amount of money for various charities with wide varity of fundraising events held by, and in honour of, the Dutchman.

After a six-year fight with MND, Ricksen has done an incredible amount to raise awareness of the disease – and to help raise fund in the search for a cure – before finally losing his battle nine days ago.

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