Celtic to hold minute’s applause for Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen before Kilmarnock clash


CELTIC have confirmed they’ll hold a minute’s applause for Fernando Ricksen before Sunday’s clash with Kilmarnock.

The Rangers hero passed away on Wednesday at the age of 43 following a six-year battle with motor neurone disease.

Celtic will hold a minute’s applause for Rangers legend Ricksen
Ricksen, who is survived by wife Veronika, died on September 17 aged just 43
Ricksen, who is survived by wife Veronika, died on September 17 aged just 43

The Hoops paid tribute to the Dutchman in an official statement after the news of his death was confirmed.

And now, Celtic have announced the further mark of respect for Ricksen on Twitter this afternoon.

The Parkhead club said: “There will be a minute’s applause before Sunday’s game against Kilmarnock at Celtic Park in memory of Fernando Ricksen who passed away this week.”

Hundreds of tributes have been laid outside Ibrox in dedication to Ricksen in the days since his death.

And Celtic supporters have been among those who have flocked to the stadium to show respect to their former rival.

An old Hoops home shirt was pictured on the ground, with the words written on: “RIP Fernando. Blue and green united, rainbow city.”

While a green and white scarf lay next to hundreds of Rangers colours with the simple message: “RIP Fernando.”

Former Parkhead striker Pierre van Hooijdonk also visited the shrine prior to the Light Blues’ clash with Feyenoord yesterday, as the Dutchman paid his respects as well.


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