This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
By Scottish football standards, even now, Glasgow Rangers spending £21.29m during the 2008/09 season was eye-catching.
The Gers, of course, had just reached the UEFA Cup final and had won both domestic cup competitions – clearly, they were looking to build on that. As such, they splashed seven figures on no less than seven different players, with the likes of Kyle Lafferty and Kenny Miller being added to the forward line.
Lithuania international Andrius Velicka was also added to the Ibrox outfit’s squad, with the Gers spending £1.26m on his services. He had already played in Scotland, scoring a respectable 17 goals in 44 matches for Hearts, and it was hoped that he would be able to score on a regular basis for the 54-time Scottish champions as well.
Was Velicka a failure?
In the nine games he did eventually play for the Gers, he was far from disappointing, scoring four goals. However, he was unable to break into the side on a regular basis, and was loaned out to Bristol City for the 2009/10 campaign. In a cruel blow, he managed just one game before rupturing his cruciate ligament, and that was to be the beginning of the end for him with the Gers.
In fact, he never played for them again. After one further loan spell, with Aberdeen, he left on a free transfer and returned to his homeland. After just nine games, the Gers made a 100% loss on his signature, with each goal scored costing the club £315,000. It is a switch the blue side of Glasgow will likely want to forget.
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