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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Ricksen hoping for Rangers exit
Fernando Ricksen
Ricksen says he does not want to return to Ibrox
Dutch defender Fernando Ricksen has revealed he does not want to return to Rangers once his 12-month loan deal with Zenit St Petersburg expires.

Ricksen, 30, signed for the Russians in August, following an incident on a flight to South Africa during pre-season.

"Here, it is great to be playing and that's something I missed in Glasgow," Ricksen told the Scottish Sun.

"I'm so happy to be away from there. Maybe I stayed there too long."

Ricksen returned to Ibrox with Zenit St Petersburg for a friendly in August, but was booed by the home fans following his heavy challenge on Chris Burke.

Rangers are a fine club with a fantastic support, but the culture is not to my liking

Fernando Ricksen

The Dutchman said: "The booing didn't do anything with me as I was finished with Rangers.

"I only wanted to win the friendly and I could understand the fans, especially when you lose 4-1."

The defender added: "I think there is a great future ahead for me and St Petersburg is the ideal place for me.

"Rangers are a fine club with a fantastic support, but the culture is not to my liking.

"As a player, I was always judged on things off the field and that wasn't fair.

"Of course, I realise I had caused that, but it's a pity that is the part the people remember."

Burke crocked by Ricksen tackle
23 Aug 06 |  Rangers
Ricksen completes move to Zenit
11 Aug 06 |  Rangers


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