This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
The 2007/08 season was a magnificent one for Glasgow Rangers.
They may not have lifted the Premiership trophy but they still won both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup. Their main success, though, was reaching the UEFA Cup final at the Etihad Stadium. Unfortunately they lost against Zenit St. Petersburg, but it was still a success to make the showpiece and they remain the last Scottish side to reach the final of a European competition.
That season was Carlos Cuellar’s only year at the club. The central defender was signed for £2.7m from Spanish side Osasuna in the summer of 2007, where he had made 84 appearances before making the switch to the 54-time Scottish champions.
He would prove to be a revelation during his one and only campaign north of the border. He played in 55 games throughout the season, including 36 in the league and all six of their Champions League group stage matches. The ‘Gers conceded just 33 goals in the league that campaign, the second least behind Celtic, whilst he helped them keep six clean sheets in nine matches in the UEFA Cup.
Do you wish Cuellar had stayed longer at Ibrox?
His performances soon attracted the attention of clubs in England and it was Aston Villa who captured his signature. They paid £7.8m for his services, which represented a £5.1m profit in 12 months, or an increase of 289%. His time at Ibrox may have been short, but it was undoubtedly sweet.
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