Been meaning to cover this for a while, but how fortunes in football change over time.
Rangers fans will remember the infamous Newcastle Five. It was a very dark period in Rangers’ history when Mike Ashley forced the club to accept five loan players – Remi Streete, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, and Kevin Mbabu.
Four of them had fairly modest careers after that, and many of you will know where they ended up.
But Kevin Mbabu was the one who was barely noticed at Ibrox at all – didn’t get any minutes, didn’t feature at all, frankly.
And as of last night he’s a European quarter finalist with Switzlerland having beaten the mighty France.
The rise from Mbabu as a kid who couldn’t even get a game at a diabolical Rangers to now one of Europe’s most coveted players at 26 with a market value well over £10M and plying his trade at Wolfsburg is one of the more surreal stories in recent times.
It’s always the quiet ones, the ones in the background, the ones you least suspect who make the grade.
Of course Mbabu didn’t go from Rangers to the Bundesliga, he had an excellent time in Switzerland first with former Rangers UEL opponents YB, before getting the move of his life to Germany’s top flight.
And now with an excellent 15 caps for his country (and 3 starts one sub outing at the Euros) Kevin Mbabu could not have turned his fortunes around more than those days at Ibrox.
Some Rangers failures really do work out elsewhere, look at Umar Sadiq.
And Kevin Mbabu really has sorted his career out rather well.
Frankly good on him.