Ex-Rangers ace ‘unable to control tears’
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.”