(born 27 July 1976 in Heerlen
) is a Dutch football defender
. 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.
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
proved to be a failed season for Rangers,... Read More