Fernando Ricksen

Fernando Ricksen

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Fernando Ricksen (born 27 July 1976 in Heerlen) is a Dutch football defender/midfielder. He played on the right side of defence, midfield or as a central holding player. He has won 12 caps for The Netherlands.

Ricksen, formerly of Fortuna Sittard, joined Rangers in 2000 from Dutch team AZ Alkmaar for a transfer fee of £3.75m.

Career

Rangers

Ricksen endured a difficult start to his Rangers career, culminating in him being substituted after 23 minutes of a 6-2 defeat by Celtic. On his second trip to Celtic Park six months later, he was sent-off before half-time in another defeat. He had been dropped for the two intervening derbies.

In November 2000 Ricksen became the first player in Scottish football to be banned retrospectively on television evidence. His Kung Fu kick on Darren Young had been missed by the referee but caught on camera, leading to a five game ban. Ricksen had subsequently used his personal website to suggest Young required "straightening out."

The departure of Dick Advocaat during season 2001-02, however, appeared to give Ricksen a new lease of life as he helped the club to League Cup and Scottish Cup triumphs, under the management of Alex McLeish.

Ricksen was also a key player in Rangers' 2002-03 treble success, playing 46 games and scoring 3 goals, most notably a double in a 4-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle.

2003-04 proved to be a failed season for Rangers,...
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