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Scottish giants Rangers have secured the long term future of Fernando Ricksen on a new four year deal.
The Dutch midfielder was out of contract in the summer and, as such, could have agreed pre-contract terms with any club he chose.

However Rangers have now tied the 28-year-old down until 2009 after they rebuffed an approach from Premiership side Everton in the transfer window.

The player himself recently rejected a deal from Dutch club Feyenoord, and had previously intimated that the signing of Barry Ferguson would have a huge bearing on whether he remained at Ibrox.

Ricksen joined Rangers from AZ Alkmaar for £3.75 million in 2000 and has since featured over 200 times for the side.

"I am delighted to have signed an extension to my contract," Ricksen told the club's official website.

"The fact that the club did not accept a good offer for me in January showed their commitment to me as a player - and now I want to show my commitment to Rangers in return. That is why I have signed this deal.

"Barry Ferguson coming back to the club also helped me to make up my mind and I believe we have a real opportunity to be successful.

"I am looking forward to being part of that success in the years to come."

Rangers boss Alex McLeish expressed his delight at retaining the midfielder, and stated that the player was a key figure at the title-challenging club.

"Everyone here is delighted Fernando has signed an extension," said McLeish.

"He is a great person to have around the club and, in the last eight months, has proved not just his skill and dedication but also his strength of character.
"Fernando is a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room and I am extremely pleased he has pledged his future to Rangers."

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Took him long enough, but its good to know he is staying for the forseeable future.
 

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Great news. I think most people had started resigning themselves to losing him, including those supposedly in the know such as Derek Johnstone. Wonder how much we had to offer though? There must be a good chance he'll retain the captaincy on Sunday if Rae isn't playing. I think it's about time we had some stability with the captaincy. Rae's not going to play every game, and it's still too early for Fergie. Now that he's signed the new contract I think Ricksen's a good candidate.
 

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That's a timely boost, just before Sunday's game as well...
 

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The Evening Times says that Fernando agreed his new deal without his agent, and that he's getting £23,000 a week. It just shows yet again the pish these tabloids come out with when they don't know the facts. I remember them saying a good few months ago that he'd knocked back around £30,000 a week.
 

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I'm happy about Ricksen but not bothered about Zurab. I don't think Zurab has a place in our first eleven and as long as he is happy to be a squad player then fine but I remember him moaning at the start of the season about not getting a game.
 

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Zurab is still young enough to improve....there are many decent CBs that have only really come onto their game until their mid to late 20s

it's not the right time for experimenting with the team but i think he may make a good sweeper...
 
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