Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sheyi Ojo gives Rangers win against Feyenoord on emotional night

Sheyi Ojo gives Rangers win against Feyenoord on emotional night

In recent years, Ricksen raised awareness and funds to help other sufferers of motor neurone disease through the Fernando Ricksen Foundation.

Peter Lovenkrands, who also joined Rangers in 2000 and spent six years with the Scottish club, paid tribute to his former teammate on social media.

It was with great sadness we heard of the passing of Fernando Ricksen this morning at the age of 44.


A benefit match for the Dutchman, held at Ibrox in January 2015, saw over 41,000 fans attend Ibrox and raised £320,000 with the proceeds split between Fernando, his daughter Isabella, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation.

"Everyone was looking for a performance for Fernando's young family to be proud of". He was fantastic player and he had a decorated career.

Yet the way Rangers blunted Feyenoord's attacking threat will have pleased Gerrard as he plots a course through a competition he won as a player in its previous guise as the UEFA Cup.

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"He was given 18 months to live at the time and he's fought ever so hard up until this point". He went onto become a fan favorite due to his combative style of play.

The former Holland global had been battling the illness for six years since receiving the diagnosis in 2013, and Rangers announced his death on Wednesday morning. You'll be truly missed.

The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) joined his other former clubs, Fortuna Sittard and AZ, in sending their best wishes, writing: "The KNVB wishes his family and friends a lot of strength to bear this big loss".

Fortuna, now second bottom in Eredivisie, and Zenit, second in the Russian top flight, both paid tribute on Twitter.

A former Dutch football player, Fernando Ricksen has died of ALS at the age of 43, the Dutch football federation announced on Wednesday.

"He battled bravely against motor neurone disease right until the end and we are all thinking of him and his family at this hard time".

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