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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 08:35 GMT 09:35 UK
Ricksen fears for Rangers future
Rangers' Dutch defender Fernando Ricksen
Ricksen has got off on the wrong foot with new boss Le Guen
Fernando Ricksen fears he has played his last game for Rangers after being sent home from the club's pre-season tour of South Africa.

The 29-year-old will return to Glasgow after being punished for "inappropriate behaviour" on the outbound flight.

He claimed manager Paul Le Guen over-reacted after he admitted drinking and arguing with a stewardess.

The Dutch defender told The Sun: "I'm flying home to Glasgow and it looks as if I'm finished with Rangers."

A statement on Rangers' website confirmed Ricksen had been punished for his behaviour on the flight to Johannesburg.

Le Guen said: "His behaviour was unacceptable for the way I've asked players to conduct themselves.

"Therefore, he won't carry out pre-season training with the squad."

Rickson claims that Rangers have other motives for wanting him out of Ibrox.

"I think I've played my last game because I don't know if I can work with a manager who treats me like that," he said.

I can't help feeling this is being done because they want me out

Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen

"I would have accepted a fine, but to be sent home is just ridiculous.

"Look, I'm a big earner and if they can find a way to get me off the wage bill then maybe it frees up money to bring in others.

"I deserved some punishment. I'm not proud of what I did. It was stupid and I've made a mistake.

"What has happened to me just feels very harsh, though, and I can't help feeling this is being done because they want me out."

Before departing for the tour, Ricksen had expressed his excitement for the coming campaign under new boss Le Guen.

Following a season wrecked by persistent stomach muscle problems, the Dutchman spoke of his determination to be remembered as a great player at Rangers.

"I'm injury free and very happy," he said. "I'm probably more determined than I've ever been, but I have to be that way.

"I'm almost 30 now and I want to continue to play football. I want to push myself and get the maximum out of myself.

"I don't want to end up a has-been. I know I can achieve so much more and I know there is more to come from me."

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