Celtic have released a statement paying tribute to Fernando Ricksen.

The Rangers legend died after a long-term battle with Motor Neurone Disease. 

The statement read: "Everyone at Celtic Park was saddened by the news that former Rangers player, Fernando Ricksen has sadly passed away.

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"Peter Lawwell, Celtic Chief Executive said: “Everyone at Celtic would like to extend their most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Fernando Ricksen following today’s news that he has passed away.

“Fernando was part of Scottish Football for a number of years and for him to be taken so young is a huge tragedy.

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“He fought this terrible condition with such courage and we should all admire and respect the inspirational way in which he tackled the challenge which he faced.

 “He showed immense bravery throughout. Our thoughts and prayers, of course, are with Fernando’s family and friends at such a difficult time.”