Fernando Ricksen has issued a heartfelt thanks to both Rangers and Celtic fans for their support as he continues his battle with motor neurone disease.

Ricksen was diagnosed with the debilitating illness four years ago.

He captained the Gers in his six-year spell at Ibrox, in which he won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups.

Ricksen's close friend and biographer Vincent de Vries posted a message on Ricksen's behalf on Twitter: "I’d like to thank the world’s best supporters - yep, that’s Rangers AND Celtic - for supporting me. 

"It’s fantastic to know that you are united while I am fighting MND. You are both great, but together you are even greater. I feel very proud."

In July another fromer Rangers player, David Hagen, revealed he too is battling MND.

Rocksen sent a message to the 45-year-old at that time offering his support, and describing the illness as a "demon". 

"It’s always terrible to hear somebody new is diagnosed with MND. I want to wish David, his family and friends all the strength they need to fight this demon.

"My advice would be to take the MND as it comes and keep doing day-to-day things for as long as possible."