Ex-Real Madrid playmaker and five-time Champions League winner Isco is set to face off against Rangers with Real Betis in the Europa League.

Isco was once one of the most highly-regarded playmakers in the global game and spent nine years with Real Madrid between 2013 and 2022.

But the last 12 months has marked a dispiriting downturn in form for a player who earned 38 Spain caps and won five Champions League trophies during his time with Real Madrid.

The former Spanish international star, 31, signed a one-year deal with Real Betis in the summer after six months out following his release from rivals Sevilla.

Despite coming close to joining Union Berlin in January, the deal fell through and Isco signed a deal to return to La Liga this summer.

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Isco to line up for Real Betis v Rangers

Rangers fans will know the player specifically from his time with Real Madrid, where he moved on a reported £23m deal from Malaga in 2012.

The European Golden Boy winner the same year, Isco emerged as one of the game’s best midfielders and would go on to play over 350 times in a successful Real Madrid team.

Winning those five Champions League trophies with the Madridistas, Isco also won three La Liga titles, a Copa Del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups, three Euro Super Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups.

The midfielder also played in the special 150th anniversary 1-1 friendly draw with Real Madrid at Ibrox in the summer of 2021.

Despite being out of action for six months, Isco has started all five of Real Betis’ games this season and is expected to start at Ibrox against Rangers.

That’s includes the club’s demolition at the hands of Barcelona over the weekend.

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Rangers are set to welcome the La Liga side for their opening game in Europa League Group C, Real Betis the pot two side and the Ibrox club coming out of pot one.

The two clubs are huge favourites to qualify from the group with Czech club Sparta Prague and Cypriot side AEL Limassol coming out of pots three and four respectively.

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