Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen has been laid to rest for a second time after his wife carried out his dying wish.

Veronika Ricksen was supported by friends and family for a service in the Dutch city of Sittard earlier today.

The 33-year-old fought back tears at the second funeral where a blue urn with 'FR2' was placed inside a memorial pillar, where it will be stored for around 10 years.

Fernando began and ended his career at Fortuna Sittard where he won a league title.

A tearful Veronika Ricksen placed a blue urn with 'FR2' on it inside a special memorial pillar

It's believed around 40 mourners attended the service at the RK Urnenhof cemetery where the memorial pillar is now situated.

Fernando's widow was joined by his former friend Roy Knez, while his brother Pedro was also in attendance.

Fans of the former Zenit St Petersburg and AZ Alkmaar player, who died after a six-year battle with MND, will now be able to pay tribute to him at the memorial.

Following the ceremony Veronika took to Instagram to pay tribute to Fernando.

She said: "Today was important day for us my love I did all I can in the best way for you, just like you asked me, to bring you back to your country as you wish and find a beautiful place.

"Missing you so much and love you forever, 5 month fly like one day...life is so unfair sometimes, but we have to be strong just like you."

Fernando Ricksen is held aloft after scoring against Motherwell in 2005

The Dutchman bravely fought motor neurone disease for six years following his diagnosis in 2013 and the Ibrox club supported him throughout his battle against the degenerative condition, which also claimed the lives of Celtic great Jimmy Johnstone and legendary scientist Steven Hawking, among others.

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Fernando passed away at the age of 43 in September last year at the St Andrew's Hospice. Thousands of Rangers fans paid tribute to the Light Blues legend as they lined the streets outside Ibrox before his funeral service at Wellington Church In Glasgow.

Fernando was then taken to Linn Crematorium where his family held a private service.