Nikica Jelavic has been in the news this week for speaking out about his transfer from Rangers to Everton in 2012.

The Croatian insists that the move wasn’t something he went looking for. Yet, he had always talked of a dream to play in the Premier League and once it arrived, the offer was too good to refuse.

Jela went on to fulfil his lifelong ambition, playing in the Premier League for four years, initially with Everton, and then through spells with Hull City and West Ham.

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Jelavic celebrates scoring an FA Cup goal for Everton against QPR in 2014. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Since then, he has been plying his trade in China. He spent a season with Beijing Renhe, before joining his current club Guizhou Zhicheng, on a permanent basis, ahead of last season.

With the Chinese league finishing last month, Jelavic plans to attend the Old Firm fixture on 29th of this month.

 

Could he still do a job for the Gers?

The Croatian tucks away a penalty for the Gers against Hibs in 2011. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jela was prolific during his short spell at Ibrox, scoring 30 goals in 45 league appearances. He was mobile and disruptive up front and frequently found himself in the right place at the right time.

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However, his best days are now well behind him. His initial move to China in 2016 was a sign of a player winding down his career. At 33 and having only played second tier Chinese football of late, he would be half the player he once was.

Jelavic representing his current side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng last September (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Jelavic brings nostalgic feelings to Gers fans, but that’s all it is.

There will be no sensational return. However, the support of a former hero is more than welcome for the clash against Celtic later this month.

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