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Fernando an inspiration on and off the football pitch

Editor's Viewpoint

Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen was an inspiration on and off the field. He was at Ibrox for six trophy-laden years and led by example on the pitch.

And when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease six years ago, he fought a valiant fight again the condition until his death yesterday.

He launched a charity which raised more than £1m for research into the condition and he urged others to continue to pressure pharmaceutical companies to find a cure, arguing the relatively rare incidence of motor neuron disease lessened its priority with the drug companies.

Finding a cure would be a fitting legacy to a real warrior.

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