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Messages from fans helped me through shock heart attack, says Nacho Novo

By Steven Beacom

Nacho Novo says he is feeling strong again after his shock heart attack and is ready to go into management.

The popular ex-Rangers star received thousands of messages of goodwill from around the world after taking ill in January and having to undergo a heart procedure in Berlin where he had been playing in a tournament for a Rangers Legends side.

The 39-year-old has been recovering since and insists he is now feeling good and is determined to show his worth as a manager following a 20-year playing career which took him from his native Spain to Scotland, and America to Northern Ireland.

As well as Rangers, he played for Raith, Dundee and Greenock Morton. There was also a spell in Poland with Legia Warsaw and he was with Carolina Railhawks in the States before making the move to Belfast with Glentoran in 2016.

Novo was keen to thank all those who had been in touch after his heart attack at the start of the year.

He admitted that the well-wishers were a great source of comfort at the time of his recovery.

"All over the world people were getting in touch. I was receiving so many lovely messages which was really nice because it was a tough time," said the former striker.

"I received a lot of messages from Northern Ireland and from Glentoran fans and that meant a lot to me.

"Obviously what happened was a shock, but I'm fine now and feeling strong and I'm ready to go into management. I have confidence in myself that I could do a good job.

"When I was a player I always gave my all and tried to be positive for the team and that is what I would do as a manager."

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