Ex-Rangers ace ‘un­able to con­trol tears’

Evening Times - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Rangers star Fer­nando Rick­sen has ad­mit­ted his bat­tle with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease leaves him break­ing down in tears.

The 41-year-old Dutch­man, who played al­most 200 times for Rangers be­tween 2000 and 2006, was di­ag­nosed four years ago with amy­otrophic lat­eral sclero­sis, the most com­mon form of the ill­ness.

De­scrib­ing how the mus­cle-wast­ing con­di­tion is tak­ing its toll, Rick­sen said: “I have med­i­ca­tion, but it doesn’t al­ways work.

“It’s usu­ally events that mean a lot to me and the emo­tions of oth­ers that cause the cry­ing.”

The Evening Times re­ported how Rick­sen broke down as de­voted fans gath­ered around him to give him a stand­ing ova­tion at Ibrox dur­ing a match in Novem­ber.

Pulling up at the sta­dium in a taxi, hun­dreds of fans burst into cheers and ap­plause as the Dutch­man emerged from the car. Just be­fore emerg­ing, he looks out­side at the swelling crowd and, taken aback, mut­tered: “Per­fect.”

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