Some Rangers fans have been expressing anger over the response of certain Aberdeen fans who were outspoken about a minute’s applause for the late Fernando Ricksen.

Some Aberdeen fans had flooded this tweet from the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer complaining about the fact the Dons had decided to pay their respects to the Dutch footballer in yesterday’s match with Livingston at the Tony Macaroni.

Granted, many supporters supported the decision and offered their respects. But the words of those contemptuous types struck a chord with some Gers fans.

The “rivalry” between Rangers and Aberdeen can be notoriously fierce and there is certainly no love lost between the supporters.

That said, there is little doubt our friends in the north hold more contempt for the blue side of Glasgow than we do them.

For many Rangers fans Aberdeen’s almost self-defining rivalry with us is an irrelevance.

But for some to use that “rivalry” as leverage to complain about celebrating the life of a footballer and a character who lit up Scottish football is petty, ignorant and deserves to be called out.

After the passing of Fernando Ricksen Scottish football has come together to celebrate his life and acknowledge his very public battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Tributes have flooded in from across football for Fernando Ricksen – not least at Ibrox. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The likes of Celtic and their manager Neil Lennon have shown a real degree of class after their fierce rival passed away this week.

You have to believe that the overwhelming majority of Aberdeen fans did the same yesterday.

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