Former Rangers players returning to Ibrox has been a hot topic in recent times. Here we look at three more who would delight supporters by coming back to the club.
The trend seemed to start with Allan McGregor coming back for a second spell in the summer. Since then, Rangers are looking a lot more solid at the back and are being led by a commanding goalkeeper in the Scottish international.
His return was then followed by that of Kyle Lafferty. A much-improved forward from his first spell at the club, Lafferty already has two goals to his name. A brace at Fir Park brought him instant adulation from a support that struggled to take to him last time around.
Yes, it’s fair to assume this former player returning experiment is working out quite nicely indeed. Below are three further examples who would do a job whilst also be loved for returning.
It felt as though Vladimir Weiss just jumped off the face of the earth after leaving Rangers. If it wasn’t for his social media account, we would struggled to have kept up to date with him.
There is no doubting, however, some Rangers fans absolutely adore him. Be it for his successful season at the club on loan from Manchester City, or just his disapproval of Scott Brown and Celtic, he’s adulated by sections of the support.
Whilst at the club the first time around, Weiss was a real creative spark. Managing six goals during his time at the club, he was such a tricky customer with his quick feet. His debut at Easter Road was also one to remember for Gers fans, and there was a real connection between him and the fans.
Before he signed, there were reports linking him with a move to Celtic. That seemed a certainty to happen, before the Gers nipped in and stole him from under their noses.
His ability to create, however, was just scary. There were inconsistent moments, but Weiss, for the most part, was a bag of energy and tricks.
If he returned to Ibrox, he would simply be loved thanks to his continued love affair with the Gers fans alone.
There’s no denying what the Rangers supporters think of Steven Davis. Collectively, they were distraught when he left the club on a free in 2012 for Southampton. This was just another big casualty of the Craig Whyte era.
In recent days, the Northern Irish internationalist has been back in the spotlight. Davis told a supporter on social media that he would love to play for the club again “one day”.
If and when he does, and there’s now no reason this deal can’t be done, he would instantly be a fan-favourite. Added to that, he would also come in and be the best midfielder at the club.
Davis was Rangers’ linchpin during Walter Smith’s second spell at Ibrox. His ability to control games from the midfield was second to none in a more competitive Scottish Premier League.
Could he come back and do it once more? There’s no doubting he would. Davis still plays for Saints at an extremely high level in the Premier League, and has bagged 14 goals.
He continues to produce on a consistent basis for Northern Ireland, just like Lafferty.
A return to Ibrox would simply be sensational for all parties involved, and fans would unite to welcome him back through the Ibrox gates.
To put it bluntly, this man just doesn’t know how to stop scoring goals.
Ever since leaving Rangers, he’s continued to produce everywhere he’s went. For reasons unknown to many, he didn’t get a move to a bigger club in England despite impressing in games for both Everton and West Ham United.
Instead, the Croatian star took the decision to head to China and earn a fortune there. For wages alone, this deal couldn’t happen. But fans would absolutely love it if it did.
And if the move did go through, he could still do a massive job for Rangers. Despite being 33-years-old, Jelavic has scored 30 goals in China over the last two years. He remains as clinical as ever, although perhaps not quite as sharp as he was during his first year at Ibrox.
Jelavic spent an amazing spell at the club between 2010 and 2012. Throughout his two seasons at Ibrox, the former Rapid Vienna striker bagged 36 goals in just over 50 appearances. He was, quite simply, stunning.
With 36 Croatia appearances to his name and six goals at international level, Jelavic was just the perfect forward.
Sure, he may not be 100% the Jelavic of old, but fans would still be excited if he ever decided to head back to Scotland once more.