Erik Botheim. A name some of you may or may not remember. His name has cropped up due to Scotland’s face-off with his countryman Erling Haaland’s Norway this evening, and we’re sure one or two of you will recall Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers were heavily linked with making a move for the-then FK Bodø/Glimt striker.
22 in 46 for the Norwegians suggested this was a worthy signature to snap up, but we lost out to Salernitana, and got Antonio Colak instead.
And what a bullet we dodged. One goal and three assists in Italy for Botheim in 29 appearances. What a duff striker.
And you know exactly where we’re going here.
Yes, his record in Italy is about the same as Sam Lammers’ ended up being, both being strikers full of promise knocking them in for fun in lesser leagues aged 22, but then a serious league comes in and they struggled badly.
Rangers really dodged a bullet with Botheim – Colak’s record in the end was far superior last season, and the Norwegian, at the time on the cusp of a call up to Norway’s national team, ended up in the football wilderness, nowhere near Erland Haaland.
And Rangers have just signed a striker 3 years older with about the same record in Italy.
As we said earlier, once they’re in the red, blue and white we support them all the way, and we certainly would love to see Lammers out of his bad form and thriving for us.
But Botheim’s horrible maiden season in Italy is some idea of what can indeed happen with a striker who seems like he’s got it all at his feet, only to flouder at a higher level not unlike our former Joe Aribo and indeed new signing Lammers.
Maybe the Norwegian will do better next season, and at least his side were well clear of relegation, but Rangers did a lot better with Colak.
And we can be glad we went nowhere near the Norwegian.