£8m former Rangers player plays key role in major Euro 2020 upset
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£8m former Rangers player plays key role in major Euro 2020 upset

Former Rangers player Kevin Mbabu was involved in a major Euro 2020 upset with Switzerland on Monday.

Mbabu was one of the Newcastle Five to infamously join Rangers in February 2015 and his stay in Glasgow was an unsuccessful one.

Mbabu spent several unsuccessful months at Ibrox on loan from Newcastle. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The defender struggled with niggles and wasn’t able to impress sufficiently to even make the bench for a fixture, let alone receive playing time.

He returned to Newcastle at the end of the 2014/15 season with his career looking like it was going nowhere.

However, he turned things around by eventually heading back to Switzerland and impressing with BSC YB, with his performances there earning him an impressive £8m move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in 2019, where he signed a four-year contract [Sky Sports].

He’s become an important player for The Wolves, helping them to a fourth-place finish last season, and he’s also now a regular in Switzerland squads.

Mbabu started the first two matches of their Euro 2020 campaign against Wales and Italy and came off the bench in their final Group A match against Turkey.

He was left out of the starting XI again for his nation’s Last 16 clash against France on Monday night, but he still contributed to a major international upset.

The former Rangers right-back is now excelling for club and country and he notched a superb assist in a major Euro 2020 upset. (Photo by Mihai Barbu – Pool/Getty Images)

Switzerland are only eleven places behind France in the FIFA World Rankings, but the World Cup winners’ squad is packed with high-class players and they were heavily backed to win the competition.

However, despite being 3-1 down with ten minutes to go, the Swiss took things to extra-time before triumphing on penalties.

It was Mbabu who kickstarted the remarkable comeback, too.

Less than ten minutes after being subbed on, he produced an excellent cross from the right which Haris Seferovic headed beyond Hugo Lloris to make it 3-2.

The 26-year-old former Ger wasn’t required from the spot, but he can still say he contributed to an iconic international upset and now he has a quarter-final against Spain to look forward to.

Another Rangers star also has the chance to reach the last eight, and his international side tweeted about him on Monday following a Gers fan query