El-Hadji Diouf, he was a weird one, wasn’t he?
We’ve all got stories about the dreaded man that was El-Hadji Diouf and most of them aren’t particularly pleasant.
Yes, this man was the embodiment of just about everything wrong with the world. But he had his moments on the pitch, and for that we will give him credit.
After a stream of botched attempts to make a player of himself in England, Diouf moved his mischievous “talents” north of the border in 2011, joining Glasgow powerhouses, Rangers. And it seems Scotland is where he found his home. For a brief period, anyhow.
The troublemaker scored a European goal against Sporting Lisbon, as well as winning the League Cup and Scottish Premier League title. His behaviour didn’t exactly improve at Ibrox, but fans didn’t seem to care. After all, when it’s your own player riling up the opposition and generally making a nuisance of himself, then you sort of end up having a weird affinity towards them. You encourage them; spur them on to make cheeky fouls, to get in the opponents’ face, give them a little stamp, or a sly poke in the eye, etc. etc.
While we don’t condone violence of any sort, it was almost pleasant to see from a Rangers perspective that a one-man Diouf army was prepared to take on Neil Lennon and entirety of the Celtic backroom staff in a game of fisticuffs. He even inspired Ally McCoist to have a pop. Certainly earned himself a few with that one, hey.
Rangers fans, what are your standout memories of El-Hadji Diouf? Let us know in the comments below…
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