The released eleven: where are they now?


Around a month and a half ago
Rangers officially released eleven players deemed surplus to requirements.
Following the dismal loss over
two legs to Motherwell, Rangers’ chiefs decided not to renew any of the
contracts which terminated at the end of May, and the squad found itself eleven
men lighter. decided to take
a little light relief from the serious business of the transfer window by
having a look at the subsequent fortunes of all eleven players with the
question; ‘Where are they now?’

36-year old Steve Simonsen’s Rangers’ ‘affair’ ended when he was found guilty
of betting violations. Once out of the team he never recovered his place,
usurped as he was by third-choice Lee Robinson. He is without a Club and there
is little speculation regarding a destination.
Lee Robinson did take his chance at Ibrox rather well, and briefly
held the number one slot. But when Bell
returned, he too found himself on the bench, rotating with Simonson and once
his contract expired, there was no chance of him staying. Like Simonsen he
remains a free agent.
Lee McCulloch hung on for six weeks waiting for an offer from
Rangers after his release, but none came despite a tentative discussion
regarding a role within the Academy. That bore no fruit and he finally caved to
Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke’s long-standing
offer of a player/coach role, officially confirmed yesterday.
Richard Foster found out he had ‘lost his job’ via the breakfast
table reading the morning papers. He need not have worried – he snared a cushy
number at Premiership side Ross
County soon after.
Steven Smith had little trouble finding himself a new role once his
time at Rangers expired. The aforementioned Locke raided Rangers’ rejects
again, this time for the left back, and with quite a few years on his side (he
is only 29) Smith has been installed the first-choice left back at Rugby Park.
Bilel Mohsni had a curious link with German cracks Freiburg, but
that deal fell through, and like the rest he had no Club at all following the Fir Park
shambles. He also had a ban to contend with, one which will apply at his next
Club, which, funnily enough, looks like being German after all. Moshni is close
to sealing a surprise move to Bundesliga 2 outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. This has
not been finalised yet.
French defender Sebastien Faure was one of the few
released to be rated by many fans. Perceived as not being given a fair chance,
Faure did well enough in the few chances he got. He remains a free agent
Kyle Hutton is one of those players who produces decent quality 5
matches a season and is painfully average otherwise. He was the first to imply
he was no longer a Rangers player and has as yet found no new Club. One cannot
help be curious what level he will find himself at.
Ian Black has been linked with various Clubs, with MK Dons the
latest suitor. As yet no deal has been found for the former Hearts man, but his
reputation would suggest he is likely to get a half-decent gig nevertheless.
Kris Boyd joined the mass exodus to Ayrshire, when Gary Locke
snapped him up as a free transfer. He will hope to rediscover his shooting
boots for Killie following a quite dismal season at Ibrox.
Jon Daly was the first of the eleven to confirm outright that he
had left, and currently resides without a Club.
So of the eleven released, only
four actually found something inside six weeks. A damning indictment of the
last three seasons at Ibrox if ever there was one.


  1. I've just lost the plot with that bastard Ashpit, and my burnout is giving me hallucinations. Last night I was convinced I was a zebra with no tail.

  2. It was after midnight when I got there and they were shut but they opened the door. I asked about my tail and the guy looked shocked, and said "Good God Donohoe, you've been deid for years. You're a spirit". I asked again about my tail and he said "Fuck off Donohoe, we don't retail spirits at this time of night".

  3. Mohsni was settled in fine with us and playing well until Chris Graham started his nonsense – check ou the dates when it started to go wrong for Biley.

  4. How right you are Hurlock. Once he put Graham's behaviour and seedy shady character together with the chants and gesticulations of certain of our fringe brethern, his heart wasn't in it any more. Maybe even the fact that King had made CG a director, meant Mohsni even questioned the pathos of the club itself.

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