Both Rangers and Celtic have been linked to AZ Alkmaar winger Albert Guðmundsson as his contract ticks down in the Netherlands – but a family connection may well give the Gers the upper hand.

The Icelandic international, 24, will see his contract at the Eredivisie side expire at the end of the season with the Telegraph linking both sides of the Old Firm to the former PSV winger.

Albert Guðmundsson has spent his entire career in the Netherlands and Rangers and Celtic aren’t the only clubs said to be interested, with sides from mainland Europe also linked.

But where things get interesting when it comes to Rangers concerns the winger’s great-grandfather, who is a former Ibrox player.

There’s been an Albert Guðmundsson at Rangers before

Yes, Albert Guðmundsson has blue blood and would be following in the footsteps of his Icelandic great-grandfather and namesake who played for the Gers in the 40s.


An Icelandic forward, Albert Sigurður Guðmundsson had a short stint at Ibrox in the mid 1940s before moving to Arsenal and then on to Nancy Lorraine and even AC Milan.

Here’s a great story from Rangers Today on how the move came to be, with Guðmundsson signing for Rangers during a spell at Skerry’s College before going on to become Iceland’s first professional player.

They explain that the striker only played one game for Rangers before moving on, a 3-1 Southern League win against Clyde on Christmas Day 1945.

Starting his career with Valur of Reykjavik, after leaving Italy Guðmundsson would play for RC Paris and Nice once more before returning back to Iceland.

From here, he’d turn out for Valur once again before a short stint at FH before retiring from football and going on to establish himself as a politician for 15 years in his Scandinavian homeland.

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AZ star Albert Guðmundsson admits nothing settled with new contract

If AZ winger Albert Guðmundsson was to be given the choice between Rangers and Celtic then he’d be following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps by choosing the Gers.

Perhaps Rangers’ contingent of Dutch coaches – who’ll be well aware of the winger’s talents – can also convince him to move to Ibrox over Celtic Park.

Albert Guðmundsson has also been speaking about his future recently and claims as of yet, nothing has been decided at AZ Alkmaar.

“It’s been quiet for a while (surrounding a new contract),” said Albert Guðmundsson [Noordhollands Dagblad].

“Will we continue talking after the winter break? Maybe. I don’t know at the moment. At least I haven’t locked the door yet.”

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Albert Guðmundsson has made 25 appearances for AZ Alkmaar this season, netting six goals and laying on two assists.

In total the talented Icelandic winger has made 95 appearances for the Dutch side, scoring 22 goals and laying on 10 assists.

In other Rangers transfer news, we look at the truth behind new resurfaced links to a leading PSG wonderkid whose contract is also running down.

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