The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues in the World. Many star footballers have struggled to maintain their good form when they switched to the English league. However, there have been many Rangers players who managed to make a huge impact in the Premier League.
The Gers are currently nine points behind Celtic in the league table but they have hit an impressive run of form following the mid-season break for the World Cup. Find the latest odds at UNIBET to back Michael Beale’s side to become the Scottish Champions as they are still in the title race and are capable of turning the points table in their favor by performing well to achieve the impossible-looking feat with a bit of luck on their side.
1- Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta is currently the manager of Arsenal. However, he was also a very successful footballer who played at some of the top clubs in the world. The Spaniard started his career at Antiguoko where he became friends with Xabi Alonso. The talented midfielder later signed for Barcelona before joining Rangers in 2002.
Arteta hit the ground running at Ibrox Stadium as he quickly became an important member of the squad. He won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup in his debut season. The Spaniard subsequently joined Real Sociedad before having stints at Everton and Arsenal.
However, Arteta is now most famous as the manager of Arsenal. And he has made a good impact at the Emirates Stadium. He won the FA Cup in his debut season. The Spaniard also led the Gunners to victory in the FA Community Shield later.
Last season, his job looked in danger after a poor start to the campaign. However, he soon improved the performances of his team and Arsenal ultimately narrowly missed out on the top-four but earned a place in the Europa League by finishing fifth in the Premier League table. And now Arteta has made several good signings this summer and could secure Champions League football next season.
2- Carlos Cuellar
Another Spanish footballer who played at Rangers and went on to make a huge impact in the Premier League is Carlos Cuellar. He began his senior career at Numancia before joining Osasuna in 2003.
Cuellar later signed for Rangers in 2007 and was so impressive at Ibrox that he was awarded Scottish Premier League Player of the Year as well as Scottish Football Writers Associations Player of the Year. He only stayed for one season at the Gers but made a huge impact in that time. The centre-back made an incredible 65 appearances across all competitions during this brief stint, scoring five goals in the process.
Cuellar’s amazing performances in Scotland attracted the attention of Aston Villa who secured his services in 2008. He was very successful at the Premier League outfit, where he stayed for four years and made regular appearances. He came close to returning to Ibrox but the move broke down after he suffered an injury. The Spaniard then went on to play for Sunderland, Norwich City and Almeria.
3- Alan Hutton
Alan Hutton was an academy product of Rangers who joined the club in 2000 and made his competitive debut in 2002. He became an important member of the team over the years, making 94 league appearances and scoring two goals.
He also won the Scottish Premier League title during his time at Ibrox.
Hutton later moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 in a deal believed to be around £5 million. The Scot helped Spurs win the League Cup and made over 50 appearances between 2008 and 2011. However, he went on to join Aston Villa in 2011 after a loan spell with Sunderland. He initially struggled at Villa and remained on loan to Mallorca, Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers. However, he made a huge comeback at the Lions and exited the club after helping them win promotion in 2019.
4- Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. He has the distinction of winning more trophies than any other manager in the history of football. Manchester United saw their golden period when the Scot was at the helm of affairs. The Red Devils won an incredible 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies between 1986 and 2013. He played a key role in making Manchester United one of the best clubs. If someone asks that is football the most popular sport in the world, then we would have to agree just by looking at the massive number of fans of Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson is best known for being a top manager but he also played as a forward for several Scottish clubs, including Rangers. He remained at Ibrox between 1967 and 1969, making 41 league appearances and scoring 25 goals.