Now a fully fledged Bundesliga defender, VfL Wolfsburg’s Kevin Mbabu had a loan spell at Rangers back in 2015.
The right-back, then contracted to Newcastle United, was sent to Ibrox in February of that year for the second half of the campaign, but never made an appearance.
Kenny McDowall was the man in charge then, acting as caretaker following the departure of Ally McCoist in December 2014, and the aim was to use Mbabu as squad depth.
However, things didn’t go the way they wanted, which Mbabu talked about in an interview with France Football.
Speaking to the French magazine following the return of Bundesliga football at the weekend, the defender was asked to talk about his career to date and why he never donned the Rangers jersey at Ibrox.
He said: “Four of us arrived over there. The manager who brought us in resigned two weeks later for family reasons. A new manager came in with his ideas, and I never even made the bench. I was able to play a lot of games in a row for the reserves, though, and it had been a while since that had happened. I still left there with some positives”.
The new manager he was referring to was Stuart McCall, who oversaw the rest of the 2014-15 season, before Mark Warburton, who would remain at the helm until February 2017, took over in June 2015.
Following his failed spell at Rangers, the defender was sent on another loan, this time at BSC Young Boys, who eventually bought him outright and helped him launch his career properly.
The rest is history.