Rangers Fans Turn Out For Emotional Fernando Ricksen Benefit Game

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The former Ibrox great was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013.

A crowd of more than 40,000, Rangers’ second highest of the season, turned out today for an emotional benefit game in support of former Ibrox favourite Fernando Ricksen who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013.

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Dutchman Ricksen spent six successful years at Rangers between 2000 and 2006 and is fondly remembered by the club’s supporters for a headed goal to equalise at Celtic Park during one of the numerous heated Old Firm exchanges that he played in.

Celtic put rivalries aside to make a significant donation to a MND charity ahead of Sunday’s benefit match, however, whilst numerous footballing luminaries turned out at Ibrox to help raise money for a good cause and pay tribute to Ricksen.

Ricksen also had a benefit game at his first club, Fortuna Sittard, earlier in the season and, whilst that was an emotional occasion, he was left visibly moved by the crowd at Ibrox as he received a standing ovation when kicking off the game.

A Rangers Select XI played an All-Star Side in a match that saw the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Peter Lovenkrands and Gennaro Gattuso turn out to pay tribute to Ricksen.

Image courtesy of Sky Sports.

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