As Rangers prepare to face off against Frankfurt in the Europa League Final, fans might be wondering why they remember the name Rafael Santos Borre.
The Colombian forward has played a key role in the Bundesliga outfit’s run to the showpiece Final in Seville and scored the only goal of the game in the second leg of their semi-final against West Ham.
Rafael Santos Borre added insult to injury by scoring after Aaron Cresswell had been sent packing for the Hammers to put Frankfurt 3-1 up on aggregate ahead of a clash with Rangers.
The striker also scored Frankfurt’s second goal in the 2-2 draw with Mainz at the weekend.
Thousands have descended on the Spanish city of Seville for the game and the focus has quickly switched to the key players for each side on the night and how both teams could line up.
Of all the players involved, there’s an interesting subplot surrounding Colombia international Rafael Santos Borre given extensive links to Rangers in the summer.
Formerly of Argentinian giants River Plate, the striker was out of contract in the summer and had a big decision to make on his future.
Rangers were extensively linked and whilst there was some conjecture over the reliability of the reports it was one transfer story that had the support excited.
Rangers to face Ibrox-linked Rafael Santos Borre v Frankfurt
A talented forward who had an ill-fated stint in Spain between Atlético Madrid and a loan spell with Villarreal, now he is back in Europe and finding his feet at Frankfurt.
Only 26, if the next few seasons go to plan then Rafael Santos Borre could become as sellable asset for the Germans and prove to be a move well worth making.
So far this season, Borre has made more of an impact in Germany than he did in Spain but the forward is anything but prolific.
Scoring eight goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances isn’t an awful return but it’s perhaps symbolic of an underwhelming Frankfurt season where the club finished 11th.
In the Europa League, the striker’s record is three goals in 12 appearances [Transfermarkt].
It suggests that whilst Rafael Santos Borre knows were the goal is Rangers can keep a handle on him and nullify his influence.
If Rangers go on to lift the cup, perhaps the Colombian will be left thinking about what might’ve been.
Meanwhile, a player’s agent has appeared to quash the suggestion that his client could move to Rangers with his contract ticking down in La Liga.