As Rangers fans tuned into the AFCON final between Egypt and Senegal they might’ve noticed once Ibrox-linked striker Mostafa Mohamed starting up top for the Pharaohs.
Now turning out for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, there was a time in Steven Gerrard’s reign when all the signs suggested the ex-Zamalek forward could be Ibrox bound.
Fast forward over two years later and the now 24-year-old forward is leading the line for Egypt as the Cameroon-based tournament reached a crescendo.
But it wasn’t to be a happy ending for Mostafa Mohamed as his side once again emptied the tank and took a match to extra time, only this time to be disappointed with the striker playing an hour.
An impressive Senegal side was crowned Champions after a 0-0 draw in Olembe, winning 4-2 after another exhaustive 120 minutes for the Egyptians.
Egypt’s round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches all went to extra time but for their efforts the North Africans fell to a Senegal side who missed an early Sadio Mane penalty and had the better of the play.
The Egyptians scored only four goals at the tournament and Mostafa Mohamed didn’t score any of them.
Mostafa Mohamed linked to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team
Mostafa Mohamed was first linked to Rangers in December 2019 with ex-Egyptian footballer Haytham Farouk claiming Gers interest was a “fact” [Scottish Sun].
Former Zamalek manager Milutin Sredojevic also claimed that then Rangers boss Steven Gerrard called him personally to ask about the forward.
But for whatever reason a deal never materialised before Mostafa Mohamed popped up on our radars again following a reported £3m summer move to Galatasaray and Turkey.
Signing after an initial loan spell, in total Mostafa Mohamed has played 46 times for the Istanbul club, scoring 15 goals.
Capped 14 times for Egypt, Mostafa has two goals for his country but couldn’t prevent his country crashing to a penalty kicks defeat to Senegal in the AFCON Final.
Speaking of Galatasaray, read more about why Rangers fans have been striking up a rivalry with the Turkish club online.