Rangers once had a look at signing defender Thomas Isherwood – and he has now made his Bundesliga debut.

Cast your minds back to the Mark Warburton era and you may remember a number of trialists coming in.

John Eustace is the famous example having been on trial at Rangers for weeks, even months on end.

George Glendon, Reece Wabara, Gai Assulin and Latvian striker Vladislavs Gutkovskis also headed to Glasgow to try and win contracts.

They didn’t succeed and neither did Swedish defender Thomas Isherwood a little later on.

Isherwood joined Rangers on trial in May 2018 as he chased a move to Rangers from Bayern Munich.

The timing maybe wasn’t ideal as Rangers were in the process of bringing Steven Gerrard in as manager, with Isherwood unable to get a contract.

The defender has been on quite the journey since then, turning out for Bradford City, Osteersund and now Darmstadt…

Thomas Isherwood makes Bundesliga debut five years since Rangers trial

Isherwood has played an important role for Darmstadt ever since arriving in 2021.

The 6ft 5in centre back made 15 first-team appearances for Darmstadt last season with injuries an issue in the early stages of the campaign.

Isherwood helped Darmstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga and he’s now a top-flight player in Germany.

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Isherwood made his Bundesliga debut at the weekend, starting for Darmstadt in their trip to Leverkusen.

The game didn’t quite go to plan; Darmstadt were hammered 5-1 and Isherwood was hooked before the hour mark.

Darmstadt sit bottom of the table with three defeats from three, conceding 10 goals in the process.

Isherwood and co face a big ask to turn things around and keep things solid at the back, but it’s all an unexpected rise for a player who didn’t quite do enough to impress at Rangers.