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We take a look at 10 Rovers representatives who have also featured for Rangers in their careers...

6 June 2019

Following news of our upcoming pre-season encounter against Steven Gerrard's Rangers side, we've gone back in time to look at 10 Rovers representatives to have also featured for the Glasgow giants.

Tugay

We begin with Rovers' favourite Turk! Tugay was, is and will forever be a club legend in these parts, but before he rocked up in East Lancashire he was also producing the goods north of the border with Rangers.

The Turkish Delight spent two years in the Scottish city and appeared over 50 times for the club before his love affair with Rovers began in the summer of 2001.

The legend went on to amass 294 games for us before hanging up his boots and is now back in his homeland after spells as assistant manager with boyhood club Galatasaray and as boss of Sanliurfaspor.

Barry Ferguson

Ferguson only spent 18 months with us here at Ewood Park, but he enjoyed two spells with boyhood club Rangers either side of his stint in East Lancashire.

Ferguson came through the youth system at Rangers and appeared more than 150 times for the Glasgow-based club before heading south to link up with Rovers in the summer of 2003.

Departing in January 2005 to return to Ibrox, Ferguson was a regular during two-and-a-half more years in the capital before going on to take in stints with Birmingham City, Blackpool, Fleetwood Town and Clyde. Ferguson is currently the manager of Kelty Hearts.

Zurab Khizanishvili

Another to have represented Rangers prior to a spell with Rovers is Zurab Khizanishvili. The Georgian defender enjoyed a three-year spell with the Glasgow giants before spending six years at Ewood Park after a successful season-long loan move.

A useful player to have in the squad, Zurab amassed almost 100 games for us during his stay in East Lancashire, during which time he also had loans at Newcastle United and Reading.

The current Georgia Under-17 assistant manager, Zurab left Rovers for Turkish football in 2011 before playing his football back in his homeland and finishing his playing days with Azerbaijan side Inter Baku.

Lorenzo Amoruso

A Rangers stalwart, Italian powerhouse Amoruso's impressive six-year spell in Scotland led to then Rovers boss Graeme Souness bringing him to England in the summer of 2003.

But his displays with Rangers weren't replicated here at Ewood Park, with Amoruso appearing only 21 times for the club over three years, scoring three times, with injuries hampering his stay in Lancashire.

After his release from Rovers in the summer of 2006, Amoruso opted to hang up his boots, before coming out of retirement to briefly play for San Marino outfit Cosmos. He's now living back in Italy.

Colin Hendry

A real Rovers legend, Hendry was part of our Premier League-winning side in 1994-95 and made a total of 411 appearances for the club across two spells.

The defender, who made more than 50 appearances for Scotland, first arrived at Rovers in March 1987 - scoring the winning goal at Wembley in the Full Members' Cup final - and appeared over 100 times before moving to Manchester City in late 1989.

He returned in November 1991 and would play his part in success before departing for Rangers in August 1998, joining Rangers and going on to win the treble in his first season at Ibrox. Braveheart still lives in the East Lancashire area.

El-Hadji Diouf

Diouf spent two-and-a-half years at Ewood Park after arriving from Sunderland and linking up again with Sam Allardyce, who was his manager at Bolton Wanderers.

He would appear 62 times for the club in all competitions, scoring four goals during his time with the club, before spending the final six months as a Rovers player on loan at Rangers.

He would go on to win the title with the Glaswegian side, appearing 21 times and scoring twice before playing for Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United and Sabah FA in Malaysia.

Henning Berg

A former Rovers player and manager, Berg ended his playing days at Rangers, spending his final season at Ibrox before hanging up his boots in the summer of 2004.

Berg made 297 appearances for Rovers earlier in his career across two spells and was part of the side who won the Premier League title in 1994-95.

He won two further titles during a three-year spell with Manchester United before returning to Rovers in September 2000 - helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League and triumph in the Worthington Cup - prior to a move to Rangers in the summer of 2003.

Graeme Souness

One of Rovers' most successful managers, Souness' four-and-a-half years at Rovers saw him oversee promotion back to the Premier League in 2001 before winning the League Cup a year later against Tottenham Hotspur in Cardiff.

Before arriving at Rovers, Souness was player and manager at Rangers for five years, appearing on more than 50 occasions for the club during that time and winning three SPL titles.

Nine years after leaving Ibrox he took the reigns at Rovers and in total won 86 of his 212 games in charge, losing only 65 times.

Christian Dailly

Our ninth person to have links to Rangers is Scottish defender Christian Dailly. The Dundee-born defender joined Rovers in 1998 and spent three years with us at Ewood Park, playing 82 times.

After six years at West Ham United, with a loan at Southampton thrown in, Dailly returned to his homeland by making the move to Rangers in January 2008 and would spend 18 months in Glasgow.

He would have success at Ibrox during his time in the capital; winning the SPL, Scottish Cup and being part of the side that finished UEFA Cup runners-up, before returning to England with Charlton Athletic. Dailly finished his career at Southend United.

Egil Ostenstad

Our final profile is that of Norwegian forward Egil Ostenstad, who signed for Rovers from Southampton in August 1999 to link up again with Graeme Souness. The move saw Kevin Davies move the opposite way.

Despite being a pretty frequent scorer for The Saints and first club Viking FK, Ostenstad struggled to hit the same heights during four years at Ewood Park. He'd go on to have a loan with Manchester City before moving to Rangers on a free in the summer of 2003, but lasted under a season at Ibrox before returning to his homeland.

As it would turn out, Egil's final game in professional football was for Norway against Scotland in September 2005. His country would lose 2-1 to the Scots, whose team included former Rovers and Rangers man Barry Ferguson in the starting XI.


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