You will be forgiven for forgetting that a certain Mikel Arteta once strutted his stuff around Ibrox.
Rangers and Ibrox have housed some of the finest talents this part of the world has ever seen at different stages of their career. Former Arsenal man and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta is one of them.
It was way back in 2002 when 19-year-old Mikel Arteta, then La Masia wonderkid, bounced out from the pouch of Barcelona and into the big bad world of football. First stop: Glasgow Rangers.
Alex McLeish may not be doing much good in football nowadays, but once upon a time, he was the mastermind behind a £6million move for a relatively unknown Spanish midfield wizard by the name of Arteta (as per The Guardian).
“Mikel is an excellent young player, and I’m sure he is someone who will really excite the Rangers fans,” the former Scotland manager said. “He comes from a great stable in Barcelona. Everyone can see the quality of La Liga, and he is a prime example of the talent on show in Spain every week.
“I think the fans will see a class act when he pulls on a Rangers jersey next season. He is very comfortable on the ball and he has an excellent touch – and the great thing is his best years are still ahead of him”
He may not have experienced his finest years in Scotland, but the signs were there, and it was obvious that his days in Spain had taught him the basics of football and how to do them extremely well. Despite the swiftness of his passing and impressiveness of his movement, he failed to acclimatise to the rough and tumble of Scottish football.
Ironically, the only domestic title Arteta ever won was with Rangers in 2003. Make of that what you will.
Upon announcing his retirement in the summer of 2016, the Spaniard reflected on his short period in Scotland and thanked the Gers loyal for the “respect and loyalty” they showed him over the years (as per Daily Mail).
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