In Both Camps, Glasgow Rangers

Picture: Gregor Stevens

Over the years a number of players have crossed the border to play in the Scottish League or move down to England to do the opposite. Rangers is a club that over the years has seen a few player move out and down south, but also been a place were former foxes have done a move.

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Goalkeeper Nicky Walker made the switch to Leicester a young unproven goalkeeper, and as an understudy to Mark Wallington, he was never really given a proper chance, but after leaving Leicester playing for Motherwell and Rangers among other Scottish clubs. After just 6 league games at Filbert Street, he added up 30 and at Rangers 75 league games in total. He also played two times at full international level for Scotland. Ian then travelled the north and had spells at Aberdeen, Ross County, Hearts, Partick Thistle and Inverness, he also had a couple of loan spells at Burnley and Dunfirmline.

Leicester manager Jock Wallace made a grand summer signing from Motherwell when he signed Gregor Stevens, but with a problem to settle, the stay became very short and the defender made a switch to Rangers, adding up 64 games while at Ibrox. After leaving Rangers after four years in 1984 spells at a number of clubs appeared, including Brechin and Hearts, also making a short return to Motherwell.

Martin Henderson was another signing made by Jock Wallace and the former Rangers manager often went back to Scotland or making moves that involved former players. Martin Henderson made the move to Leicester from the NASL and Philadelphia Fury. Henderson did well with Leicester and of course remembered for his great partnership with Alan Young as the two Kirkcaldy born were key players during that 1979/80 2nd division win and of course a great promotion. Henderson played 30 league games for Rangers, scoring 10 goals at Leicester the tally was 12 goals in 91 league games.

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Kevin MacDonald was another players signed by Jock Wallace and coming down from Inverness, doing a great job at Leicester, adding up 138 league games, scoring 3 goals, before moving to Liverpool. He then had two short loan spells at Rangers and Leicester during his days at Anfield, playing just a handfull of games in 1988.

Charlie Miller spent a period on loan at Leicester from Rangers, he appeared in 4 league games with Leicester during a loan spell in 1999. From 1993 to 1999 he had his first years as a professional with Rangers adding up 81 league games, scoring 10 goals. Miller later appeared for Dundee United especially and also had spells in Norway and Australia.

Joe Dodoo was part of the first team squad at Leicester during that PL winning season, playing in one game v. Bournemouth and that would be his single and only league appearance for Leicester before making his switch to Rangers adding up 20 league games over three years, before again making moves to Turkey and back to England and today playing for Wigan Athletic.

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Alan Lee and Derek Strickland were two players with a life at Rangers that had spells with Rangers, but it never really hit the highlights at none of the clubs just being part of the first team set up for a short time and Strickland played 7 games for Leicester scoring 2 goals, Lee played a modest amount of 9 games at Leicester, starting in the Rangers youth teams and as Martin Henderson brought in from NASL and Philadelphia Fury.

Players in both camps,

Goalkeepers

Nicky Walker

Defenders

Gregor Stevens

Midfield

Alan Lee
Charlie Miller
Kevin MacDonald

Forwards

Martin Henderson
Joe Dodoo
Derek Strickland

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