Ibrox hero Fernando Ricksen: Rangers 'deserve' to be back in Premiership

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Former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen says the club deserve to back in the top flight of Scottish football.

Fernando Ricksen has written on his personal website that it was 'fantastic' to see his former club Rangers beat Cowdenbeath 4-1 on Saturday.

Rangers notched their second win in a row under new manager Stuart McCall, seeing off Cowdenbeath largely thanks to three late goals.

Nicky Clark's opener was cancelled out by Kudus Oyenuga, but Rangers rallied late on thanks to a goal from defender Darren McGregor before Haris Vuckic scored twice to seal the victory.

The win puts Rangers level on points with Hibernian in second place, which is a vital race in the play-off landscape in the Scottish Championship - whoever finishes in second has to play the winner of third versus fourth, meaning they play fewer games.

Rangers are now well in the mix for that spot, and momentum is building at Ibrox as McCall has avoided defeat in his first tour games as manager.

One interested party on Saturday was former Rangers utility man Fernando Ricksen, who was a key figure at Ibrox for six years before leaving for Zenit St. Petersburg in 2006, reuniting with his former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat in Russia.

Now, the 38-year-old is suffering from motor neurone disease in an immensely sad situation, but he took pleasure in seeing Rangers beat Cowdenbeath 4-1, and wrote on his personal website that Rangers deserve to be back in the Scottish Premiership after almost three years away.

"To see a 4-1 win from Rangers was fantastic," said Ricksen. "This surely will see them secure a play-off place. I hope Rangers can keep up their winning mode and get into the play-offs on a high. And through that way get back in the Premiership where Rangers Football Club deserves to be."

Still a hugely popular figure at Rangers, his battle with ALS has touched the hearts of many Rangers fans - and they'll be hoping to see the Dutchman celebrating come the end of the season if Rangers can indeed win promotion.

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