A book about Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen's battle with motor neuron disease is to be published next month.

The former player lost his brave battle with MND last year after a long struggle since his diagnosis in 2013.

Since his condition was first confirmed, the Dutchman had three wishes - to be the first person to beat the disease, to see Rangers become champions of Scotland again and to have a book about his battle with MND.

Now, his final wish is to come true, as his story is to be immortalised in a poignant book penned by his friend, Vincent de Vries and co-authored by his widow, Veronika.

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The book, entitled 'Fernando Ricksen: The Final Battle', will be published on June 22, in the run up to Global MND Awareness Day.

De Vries, who kept a diary for years on Ricksen's request says the book is 'about a lost fight and shattered hopes'.

His widow, Veronika, said: "Typically Fernando.


"That's why he insisted on this book. To show that you should never give up.

"That you always have to keep fighting. And that no matter how shaky the future may be, it is still possible to live, to love and to be happy”.

Part of the proceeds of the book will go to The Rangers Charity Foundation, which continued to support the legend for many years.

Connal Cochrane, Director Rangers Charity Foundation: “Fernando was the first player I met after joining the Rangers Charity Foundation in 2005 and since then I always appreciated his support of the Foundation, his humour and charisma and of course his footballing talent.

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The Foundation is very grateful to be receiving a donation through the publication and sales of this book and to know that Fernando’s legacy will still be helping us to help others.”

The book is priced at £16.99, and will be available from June 22.

You can reserve a copy here.