Generous Rangers fans have raised thousands of pounds for a motor neurone disease charity following the death of legend Fernando Ricksen.

The Ibrox hero passed away on September 18 following his lengthy battle with the disease after his diagnosis in 2013.

He spent his remaining months at St Andrew's Hospice in Airdrie.

In tribute to Ricksen, the Rangers Charity Foundation teamed up with MND Scotland for a bucket collection outside Ibrox ahead of the club's match with Aberdeen. 

A total of £23,110.32 was raised on the day.

We previously told how countless tributes were laid outside the stadium by fans in the days following the Dutchman's death.

Thousands of supporters also paid their respects as his funeral cortege passed Ibrox on September 25.

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Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of fans, following the tragic death of Fernando Ricksen.

“Our match day collection at Ibrox raised a massive £23,110.32. That’s the biggest fundraising total from a bucket collection in our charity’s 38-year history.

“I’d like to thank the Rangers Charity Foundation for giving us this opportunity to work together to add to Fernando’s legacy and I’d like to thank the army of volunteers who helped raise money outside the stadium, on the concourse, and at the turnstiles on match day.

“Fernando showed us, as with Celtic’s Jimmy Johnstone or rugby’s Doddie Weir, that Motor Neurone Disease can affect anyone at any point in their lives.

"That’s why it’s so important for us to be able to fund research into a cure for MND, so that nobody has to go through this devastating illness ever again."

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Conal Cochrane, director of the Rangers Charity Foundation, added: “It’s incredible to hear that MND Scotland’s can collection at Ibrox has raised such an impressive total, which will add to Fernando’s legacy whilst helping to tackle this cruel illness. 

“Although it’s the tragedy of Fernando’s passing which brought the two charities together for this special collection, it is heartening to witness once again that the giving spirit of our fans knows no bounds.

“I would like to thank everyone for their generosity, including the many volunteers from the Rangers Family and beyond, who gave up their own time to support.”

Anyone wishing to add to the total can text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5, or donate online at