Rangers fans send support as ex-Celtic manager diagnosed with dementia
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Rangers fans send support as ex-Celtic manager diagnosed with dementia

Rangers fans have been putting aside their club loyalties and sending messages of support to former Celtic manager Wim Jansen, who has been diagnosed with dementia.

The Dutch football coach is most famous for coming into Parkhead and stopping Rangers in their quest for 10IAR at the end of the 1990s.

A former Dutch international footballer – who played at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups with his country – Jansen made 65 caps for the Netherlands.

Former defender/defensive midfielder Jansen spent most of his club playing career with Feyenoord, where he spent 15 years, winning four Eredivisie titles and a European Cup, defeating Celtic in the final of 1970.

Jansen, now 75, also won the UEFA Cup in 1974 with the De Kuip side.

Celtic took to their official website to pay tribute to the manager with the disease a horrible condition which too many have had experienced with themselves.

“Everyone at Celtic would like to send their best wishes to our former manager, Wim Jansen, after he revealed this week that he is living with dementia,” reads a statement.

“Our thoughts are with Wim and his family, and the best wishes of the whole Celtic Family are with a man who delivered one of the most important title triumphs in the club’s history.”

Rangers fans might rue the appointment of Jansen and his success at the Parkhead club in 1997/98 but as so often happens in these situations club loyalties have been laid to one side.

Ibrox supporters took to popular Gers fans forum Follow, Follow, to pay tributes to Jansen after the diagnosis.

Here are a selection of messages:

“All the best to him.”

“Hellish condition, wish him and his family the very best in this regard.”

“Sad to hear that. Terrible disease. I hope one day we can get effective treatment that at least diminishes the severity of it.”

“Dreadful illness, Good luck to Mr Jansen and his family.”

“Thoughts with Mr Jansen and his family, a horrendous condition.”

“So sad. All the best to him and his family.”

Wim Jansen has been diagnosed with dementia (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“Wouldnt wish dementia on my worst enemy

“All the best to a worthy opponent.”

“Sad to hear. A terrible disease. All the best to him and his family.”

Meanwhile, Rangers’ strikers will be on red alert after the latest injury news concerning their next opponents.

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