Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta let slip a stunning fact after the Spaniard confirmed he hasn’t been back to Scotland since 2014, and his departure from Ibrox.
The former Real Sociedad man of course left Rangers for Spain immediately after Dunfermline ‘lay down’ at Ibrox, but after a period back in the UK with Everton then of course with Arsenal, he went straight into coaching at Man City.
But it’s that admission that he hasn’t been back to Ibrox in approaching 20 years that’s slightly surprising, but then equally since leaving Govan we can barely recall a single quote from him about us thereafter.
Getting the friendly with Arsenal is of course a big deal, and once a Ranger always a Ranger – Arteta will always be a friend of the club, he is an ex-Ranger and that still holds water.
But unlike so many ex-players who make a point of popping back north to see the club and old friends, Arteta just… didn’t.
Clearly the guy has had a busy career in Spain then down south, but that didn’t stop others making the trip.
Either way, he’s saying now that it’s going to be very very special for him to come back to Rangers for the first time in two decades, but we’ll take this opportunity to remind him not to be a stranger.
Don’t leave it practically 20 years till next time Mikel!