Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo is in hospital after legends event

Nacho Novo at Rangers
Novo (right) did some coaching with Rangers earlier this season

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo is stable in hospital in Berlin after suffering chest pains following a legends tournament.

The 38-year-old was taken to hospital after playing in two matches in a Rangers side made up of former stars.

Novo, who was playing for Belfast side Glentoran until May, is expected to spend a week in hospital.

The Spaniard joined Rangers in 2004 from Dundee and spent six years at Ibrox, scoring 47 goals.

Reports suggested Novo suffered a heart attack owing to a blocked artery, which required surgery.

The Rangers Legends side Novo was playing for included Michael Mols, Derek Ferguson, Jorge Albertz, Andy Goram and Marvin Andrews.

On Sunday, Glentoran tweeted: "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."

Rangers later tweeted: "The Club can confirm that Nacho Novo took ill after playing in the AOK Traditionmasters tournament in Berlin yesterday. He was admitted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

Everyone at the club wishes Nacho a speedy recovery."

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