Rangers Football Club was a complete basket case, before their liquidation in 2012 due to years of tax avoidance, illegal player payments and years of spending the bank’s money like it was Monopoly money, they were one of the biggest clubs in Europe. They have since started a new club in the original Ibrox club’s image with their own bunch of ragtag joke signings, but in this blog, we’re going to focus on the signings made for the original club.
Rangers’ first South American player arrived for £4 million in December 1996 with a goal every other game average at Universidad Catolica in Chile. Injured in his forts start for eth club his knee injury caused all kinds of problems and he ended up only making 21 appearances by the time he left, scoring 7 goals.
Prodan was symptomatic of the madness that had taken over Rangers when he signed from Atletico Madrid in 1998 for £2 million. The club didn’t carry out a medical and Prodan didn’t make a single appearance in his three years at the club due to injury. He died of a heart attack aged 44 in 2016.
Signed by Dick Advocaat from Wimbledon in 2001 for £1 million, the striker was the definition of the big lump up front. He made four appearances and didn’t score once before heading south to Watford.
An experienced defender, Eggen had been playing in the UEFA Cup final with Alaves before he signed for Rangers. He signed, didn’t play a single game league and left. At least he was on a free transfer.
The Portuguese winger signed for Rangers in the summer of 2003 after turning out in the UEFA Cup winning Porto team of that year (they beat Celtic in the final). H made 22 appearances and scored five goals in a trophyless year for Rangers. Probably more famous for a drunken flashing incident in a nightclub which added the phrase “jiggy jiggy” to the Glasgow patter vocabulary.
Filip Sebo was the focal point of the original banter year at Ibrox. Signed by Paul Le Guen for £1.85 million he was a headless chicken of a player famed for his work rate, build and seemingly incredible ability to miss the target. This led to chants of “Sebo” whenever a player made a mess of a finish in grounds all around Scotland. His legacy is his name is used as an insult to this day for people who miss sitters in playgrounds all over Scotland.
Signed on a Free by Alex McLeish, Østenstad had the subtlety of touch of a jackhammer and the mobility of a sack of coal. He played 17 times for Rangers and managed 2 goals, which came against Forfar Athletic and St Johnstone.