The passing of Fernando Ricksen after a six-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease hit Scottish football and its fans hard last week.
The fiery Dutchman, a notorious battler on the pitch, embodied the same spirit as he refused to surrender to the debilitating illness.
Six days on from the passing of the former Rangers captain, BBC Scotland aired the special Ricksen film “The Final Battle”.
The emotional film, filmed over three years ago by Dutch filmmaker Ronald Top, follows Ricksen as he battles with the horrible condition.
Rangers fans – who’ve been laying tributes at Ibrox in memory of the former Holland international – have been reacting to the film’s airing on Twitter.
So sad his little daughter will grow up without her father. Ricksen documentary was a tough watch.
— Dougie (@55Beats10) September 24, 2019
I’m in bits at that Fernando Ricksen documentary. What what a man, what a warrior and what a fight until the end. A terrific player for us who will always be our captain on that famous Helicopter Sunday.
Rest easy, Fernando. You fought your fight & you have earned your rest 💙
— Kirst (@kirsten93_) September 24, 2019
Let's all be perfectly honest… We all had tears tonight watching the Fernando Ricksen documentary tonight. pic.twitter.com/z9W0lmdpso
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) September 24, 2019
The emotional documentary has clearly taken its toll on a Rangers fans who’ve been unbelievable in the wake of Ricksen’s death.
It’s not just Rangers fans either, Celtic did themselves justice after their former rival passed away last week.
Ricksen will finally be laid to rest today at a private ceremony in Glasgow.
Rangers fans were invited to pay their respects to Ricksen outside Ibrox with the funeral cortege set to pass and stop at the stadium on the way to the church [Rangers.co.uk].
Ricksen spent six years at Ibrox, winning eight trophies and captaining the side on Helicopter Sunday.