Rangers icon Nacho Novo has been hospitalised after having a heart attack in Germany while representing the Gers in a Masters tournament in Berlin, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Novo has had a successful operation and is now recovering in intensive care.
The 38-year-old Spaniard was part of the Gers side taking part in the tournament against the likes of Union Berlin with one of his former clubs Glentoran confirming on their official Twitter account that he had been hospitalised.
Best wishes to our former player @nnovo1010 for a swift and full recovery in hospital in Berlin after taking ill after playing in a masters tournament yesterday. Speedy recovery Nacho.
— Glentoran FC (@Glentoran) January 7, 2018
Novo moved to Scotland in 2001 to sign for Raith Rovers and enjoyed a stint with Dundee before joining the Gers in 2004.
The diminutive forward quickly became a fan favourite after rejecting a move to Celtic to sign for the Gers.
Over six season at Ibrox, Novo played 255 times, scoring 73 goals, and lifted three Scottish titles, two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup as well as playing in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final against Zenit St. Petersburg.
It was Novo who scored the penalty in the shootout against Italian giants Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup semi-final which secured the Gers place in the final and led to Jim Beglin’s famous “Brace yourself Manchester, Rangers are coming” line in commentary.
Novo also played for Sporting Gijon, Legia Warsaw, Huesca, Carolina Railhawks, Morton, Carlisle United and Somozas during his career.
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