Fernando Ricksen: Terminally ill Rangers legend calls on fans to attend ‘final night’ as he battles motor neurone disease

10 Jun

Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has posted an emotional video on social media calling for fans to turn out for his ‘final night’.

Ricksen, 42, is suffering from motor neurone disease and has previously admitted he will spend his final days in St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

Fernando Ricksen is seen in his bed at St Andrew’s Hospice
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The video, posted on a Twitter account entitled ‘Ricksen my friend/pauline’, shows the Dutchman in a hospice bed with his computer-generated voice calling for supporters to turn out for a ‘night to remember’.

“Hello, I’m having a special night on the 28th,” he said. “Since it’s getting very difficult for me, this will be my final night.

“Come and make this a night to remember. Hopefully see you soon, Fernando.”

The same account is advertising An Evening with Fernando Ricksen at GoGlasgow Urban Hotel on June 28 with his former Rangers team-mate Marvin Andrews also due to attend. Tickets cost £70.

The video post was retweeted by Ricksen’s close friend and biographer, Vincent De Vries.

The Rangers legend is in the final stages of motor neurone disease

The former Zenit St Petersburg player set up the Fernando Ricksen Foundation in 2016, raising money to fight MND, which attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work.

Ricksen, who made more than 250 appearances for Rangers between 2000 and 2006 and won two titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups, revealed he had the terminal illness in 2013.