Rangers squad lay wreath for Fernando Ricksen outside Ibrox
Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rangers squad lay wreath for Fernando Ricksen outside Ibrox

The Rangers squad and manager Steven Gerrard have laid a wreath for Fernando Ricksen at the John Greig statue at Ibrox in memory of the former Rangers captain.

Dutch international and Ibrox legend Ricksen lost his brave and inspirational battle with Motor Neurone Disease yesterday after a six-year-long fight.

As representatives of the football club, it is fantastic to see captain James Tavernier and manager Gerrard place a wreath in memory of a player who was a hero to the fans.

The wreath simply reads:

“Your fighting spirit knew no bounds. We will always remember.

“From all your friends at Rangers Football Club.”

Originally told he’d have 18 months to live, Ricksen’s empowering fight has touched the world of football – none more so than at Ibrox.

The tough-tackling full-back-turned-midfielder was adored by the Gers legions and wore the captain’s armband as Rangers pipped Celtic on Helicopter Sunday.

There was an outpouring of messages on social media from not only Rangers fans, but supporters from across football.

Hundreds of fans gathered at Ibrox last night to pay their respects to Fernando after his plight touched fans from across the world.

Stepping outside of Ibrox to see the monumental number of tributes must’ve struck a chord with the Rangers squad.

Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen was an inspiration to supporters all over the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Fernando came to visit the squad at the Hummel Training Centre only a few months ago.

Tonight, Steven Gerrard wants his side to put in the highest possible performance in honour of Fernando Ricksen.

You can bet that the fans will. Now, it’s over to the players.

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