Five loose Rangers who just didn’t work – from a “fox in the box” to a proven Premier League player


The Rangers have successfully signed many contracts over the years and, like all clubs, have also delved into the loan market.However, just as permanent agreements can go awry, not all temporary additions lived up to expectations. These are five loan signatures that the Rangers would probably want, in retrospect, that they had never made …

Amdy Faye

Faye arrived at Ibrox of Charlton Athletic for the 2007/08 season as a proven Premier League performer.

Gers boss Walter Smith hoped the Senegalese international would become a key figure in the club, but left without being able to determine a starting place.

In fact, Faye was such a peripheral figure that Smith allowed the defender to train with Blackburn Rovers in January 2008, but was prevented from moving to Ewood Park due to FIFA rules on players representing three clubs in a season.

We expected better from Faye north of the border.

Francis Jeffers

Having failed dramatically at Arsenal, Jeffers was already a mockery by the time he signed for the Rangers on loan from Charlton in August 2005.

The striker hoped that a move to Scotland would revive his sick career, but this only compounded his problems.

The “Fox In The Box” never seemed comfortable as it only made eight appearances for the Rangers. He was returned to Charlton just months after signing and was later released by the Addicks at the end of the season.

In retrospect, the Jeffers Rangers loan was his last chance to prove himself and he missed it.

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Lee Martin

Ranked at Manchester United as one of the club’s best hopes for the future, Martin joined the Rangers in the summer of 2006 with a great reputation.

While the loan was initially six months, it was possible to extend his stay until the end of the season.

But wing Martin suffered a lot of injuries during his time north of the border and struggled to create some kind of consistency or momentum. He made only 10 appearances before returning to Old Trafford in December 2006.

It was a sign of things to come for Martin as his career ran out of steam.

Signature of the Rangers’ loans, from left to right, Francis Jeffers, Amdy Faye and Gedion Zelalem.

Nathan Oduwa

As the Rangers face another season in the Scottish Championship in the summer of 2015, the club has targeted several young players available on loan from the south.

Oduwa is the one who moved to Ibrox, and great things were expected from the Tottenham teenager.

But while there were glimpses of his ability – perhaps most notably in his film “Rainbow” in a game against Alloa Athletic – he failed to set a regular starting point.

Oduwa was struck off as an exhibition pony and had her loan cut short, returning to the Spurs in January.

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Gedion Zelalem

The Rangers thought, for good reason, that they had succeeded in a coup when they obtained a loan for Gedion Zelalem the same summer as when Oduwa arrived. The American was a teenage prodigy billed as the next big thing from Arsenal.

Despite this reputation, Zelalem had not yet had a chance to show what he could do in the senior game, so the Rangers gave him that opportunity, signing him with a loan of a season in 2015.

Zelalem received playing time at Ibrox, making 21 appearances, but he was light and struggled for consistency.

He started the Scottish Cup final defeat against Hibernian that season and impressed with the spells, but considering the billing with which he arrived, Zelalem still left as a disappointment.


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