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7 Players You Probably Completely Forgot Played For Rangers

7 Players You Probably Completely Forgot Played For Rangers

Rangers have had some quality players appear for them over the years.

But they’ve also had some shockers too.

Fans will probably think they’d remember the duds that have came through the doors of Ibrox just as much as their heroes.

Then again, there are some who made such little impact on the first team you can be forgiven for forgetting all about them.

Here we’ve picked out seven players we’re fairly certain you’d forgotten all about:

Thomas Kind Bendiksen

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Bendiksen was signed as a Norway youth international in 2007 and was expected to go on and make a break through to the first team. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite hit the heights many probably expected. Instead, injuries meant he only made three top team appearances for Rangers before leaving for Tromso and a career back in Scandinavia.

Andy Webster

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Genuinely, Webster actually played for Rangers. He’s easily remembered starring in a Hearts shirt twice in his career and Dundee United fans will even have some memory of him in a short with them. But Rangers? We honestly had no idea that happened until writing this article. Apparently Webster signed on at Ibrox in 2007 – the day after Paul Le Guen left the club – but went on to appear just three times over four seasons. If he hadn’t been a Scotland cap at the time, we reckon many would have been completely unaware of his existence for large spells of his stay in Govan.

Aaron Niguez

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Who?! Niguez joined Rangers on a two-year loan move from Valencia in 2008, but only lasted a year at Ibrox. In that time, he scored two goals in five appearances – which isn’t a bad goals to games ratio. But the rest of the time was spent either on the bench or in the stands and his deal was terminated at the end of the season. He’s since went on to play for Celta, Recreativo, Almeria, Elche, Braga, Tenerife, Oviedo and Johor Darul Ta’zim, but is currently without a club.

Makhtar N’Diaye

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This list is getting more bizarre for us – and that’s thanks to N’Diaye, who apparently played three times for Rangers in the 2007/08 season. Paul Le Guen signed him not long after the Senegalese midfielder failed to win a contract after going on trial at Grimsby Town. But once Le Guen left Rangers, replacement Walter Smith quickly got rid of his poor players – N’Diaye included. From what we can see, he’s not played any football since leaving Ibrox barring a short trial with Dundee that ended with a broken arm.

Jerome Bonnissel

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Bonnissel may be a name some diehard Gers fans know considering he started in their 2003 League Cup win over Celtic. That was one of just four appearances for the Ibrox club, with the midfielder allowed to leave for Fulham a year after arriving. He actually fared a bit better with the Cottagers before returning to Marseille, where he retired.

Tero Penttila

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Penttila was signed by Rangers in 1999 after Dick Advocaat was impressed by him in a Champions League qualifier against Haka. Rangers cruised through in that tie, but the defender did enough to persuade the Dutch manager to spend £300,000 on signing him – a decent fee at that time. Unfortunately for Penttila and Rangers, he played just five times over three years in Glasgow before returning to Finland to sign for HJK Helsinki. There’s a good chance he’s now a doctor after studying medicine upon retirement.

Luigi Riccio

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Rangers have had some good Italian players in their time, including Lorenzo Amoruso and Marco Negri – but Riccio is not part of that. Having had a trial at Everton, many probably expected Riccio to be a bit of a player. Instead, the midfielder was so poor that he managed just one substitute appearance in his one-year stay in Govan. Where is he now though? Assisting Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan. It isn’t all bad.

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