Steven Gerrard and his Rangers players have paid tribute to Fernando Ricksen.

The first team squad and coaching staff gathered outside Ibrox ahead of their Europa League clash with Feyenoord later this evening.

They laid a wreath and observed a minute's silence for Ricksen, who passed away yesterday aged 43 after a length battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

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A note on the flowers read: "Your fighting spirit knew no bounds.

"We will always remember.

"From all your friends at Rangers Football Club."

Yesterday during a press conference, boss Gerrard said he hopes the side can win “and dedicate it to Fernando.”

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He said: “It’s very sad news for everyone, more importantly for his young family.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to pay tribute to Fernando. He was a fantastic player who played with his heart on his sleeve.

“I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times, you could see the fight he was putting up.

“The tributes will pour in not just for the footballer but for the man."

He added: “I'm sure there will be a lot of emotion in the stadium and Fernando deserves that.

“We need the support to get right behind the team to try and get that win for Fernando.

“I'm sure the supporters are very sad at this time and we want to do everything we can to get a win and dedicate it to Fernando.”

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Following his diagnosis in 2013, Ricksen spent his years battling MND campaigning and raising money to find a cure for the debilitating condition.

His charity has raised more than £1 million in an attempt to help scientists with research.

Ricksen, who was married and had a daughter, lived out his remaining days at St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie, after being admitted into care there last year.

In a final interview to ITV in June, he urged those in sport to do more to help pressure drugs companies to find a cure.

He said: “The sports world could put more pressure on the pharmaceutical companies. This disease is not lucrative enough so it has no priority. If tomorrow an MND epidemic came we would have a cure within a week. It’s disgusting but a reality.”

Rangers play Feyenoord at Ibrox stadium at 8pm this evening.