Rangers: top 30 players: Number 12

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Fernando Ricksen is currently fighting a more important battle off the pitch, but he showed in six years at Rangers that he could overcome adversity.

 

During Fernando Ricksen's early days at Rangers, it didn't look like he was going to succeed at Ibrox after making a £3.75m move from AZ Alkmaar but after countless controversial moments while in Scotland, he ended his time at the club with seven trophies to his name.

 

On numerous occasions, it seemed that Rangers would be well advised to sell the Netherlands international but he remained at the Gers for six years, scoring 20 goals in 254 appearances in all competitions. It was a fantastic return for a player who found himself sidelined by a number of suspensions during that period but he became a fans favourite as the years passed by.

While he would win the domestic treble during the 2002-03 season, his finest moments in a Rangers shirt would come two years later as he found the net on nine occasions - impressive given his position at right-back and right midfield - and he would receive the SPFA Player of the year award at the end of campaign.

 

Ricksen would leave after the arrival of Paul Le Guen but he is still fondly remembered at Rangers. He deservedly holds a place in the club's Hall of Fame and the supporters and Ricksen were given an opportunity to reunite at his testimonial match last year. It was an emotional day for everyone concerned with Ricksen being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in October 2013.

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