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Steven Gerrard pays tribute to Fernando Ricksen after former Rangers star dies at 43

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to the former Ibrox defender Fernando Ricksen, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 43.

He raised awareness and funds to help other sufferers of motor neurone disease through the Fernando Ricksen Foundation.

"Rangers is deeply saddened to announce that former player Fernando Ricksen passed away this morning following his battle with motor neurone disease," the Scottish club said .

Ricksen, who spent six years at Rangers until 2006, announced he was suffering from the motor neurone disease in October 2013, and battled bravely against it for six years.

A benefit match for the Dutchman, held at Ibrox in January 2015, saw more than 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.

Rangers added: "The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends."

"On behalf of the club, I would like to pay tribute to Fernando.
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