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.
The 2009/10 season was a rather good one for Glasgow Rangers.
In Scotland, the race for trophies is really between two clubs, and the Gers were victorious that campaign in two of the three competitions on offer, winning the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup. That year, they were comfortably ahead of their fierce city rivals Celtic, with them finishing a huge six points ahead in the league.
However, not everything was good about that year – the Gers also spent £450,000 on the one-year loan signing of Jerome Rothen. In the end, it didn’t really cost them, but the capture of Rothen was one that many at Ibrox will want to forget.
By the time he made the short-term switch to Glasgow, Rothen had already had a successful career in France. He had made 180 appearances for PSG in all competitions, providing 36 assists, whilst he had also appeared in a Champions League final with Monaco. Whilst he may have been edging towards the end of his career by the time he moved to Scotland, it looked like a wise investment.
It proved to be anything but. He ended up making just eight appearances throughout his spell and provided a solitary assist – he just didn’t take to the game north of the border. The club even wanted to send him back to France in December, but PSG did not want him to return as that would mean they would have to pay an extra 50% of his wages – the Gers paid half of his salary on top of that initial loan fee.
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Considering he was on £36,000 a week in Paris, that meant the Gers were paying £18,000 every seven days to a player they didn’t really want. Fortunately, they were able to move him on by January 28th, as he moved on loan to Ankaragucu in Turkey, but that still meant they paid half his wages for 21 weeks – that equated to £378,000.
All in all, considering the deal cost, in total, £828,000, every appearance from Rothen cost the club £103,500. A truly monumental error from the Gers.
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