Former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen has accepted that he is dying from motor neurone disease.

The Rangers hero, 41, has also revealed that his health is deteriorating rapidly.

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Ricksen told the Scottish Sun said: “I know what the outcome will be of this terminal disease, but I’m not going to waste any time or energy worrying about future.

“I’m realistic and know that, at the moment, there is no cure for MND.

“But the outlook hasn’t changed and is still terminal and there are no new treatments at the moment.

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“I’m not going down without a fight and will never give up.

“I certainly don’t expect to die soon and I’m still making plans for the future."

Fernando says he has lost the ability to perform many basic functions. The terminal disease has also badly affected his speech.

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The Dutch star currently lives in Spain with his wife Veronika, 31, and their 4-year-old daughter Isabella.

It's undersood Ricksen will be back at Rangers on November 18 as a guest of honour during the club’s game against Hamilton Accies.