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Rangers 1-0 Red Star Belgrade revisited: where are the players from the last meeting with the Serbian team


There is a lot of history between Rangers and Crvena Zvezda with some big games over the years.

It was August 2007 when they last met and Rangers were looking to reach the Champions League group stage after beating FK Zeta in the previous qualifying round.

It was the start of a European campaign that ended in a UEFA Cup final and Rangers would love it to bode well for them to face them again.

The teams played each other over two legs and they only finished 1-0 with Nacho Novo scoring the only goal of the game.

Walter Smith’s men secured a 1-0 win at home before traveling to Serbia and holding on 0-0. Something that has become somewhat of a regular result throughout this campaign.

Right here, soccer scotland take a look at the players who played at Ibrox in the first leg and where they are now.

Allan McGregor

The goalie was between the sticks that night and, barring injury, will be again when they face off on March 10.

He had stints at Besiktas, Hull and Cardiff after leaving Rangers in 2012 but was an inspiration on his second stint since returning in 2018.

He is now Rangers’ appearance record holder in European competition.

Alain Hutton

Alan Hutton was in his final season at Ibrox and has been at his best in those six months.

He moved to Tottenham soon after, then had spells at Sunderland, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton.

The 50-time Scottish star now works as a pundit, mainly with the BBC covering Aston Villa games, but also works extensively on European nights for BT Sport with Rangers.

Carlos Cuellar

The 40-year-old has only had one season at Ibrox but what a season it has been.

He played 65 times before leaving just after the UEFA Cup final and joining Aston Villa.

Spells in Sunderland, Norwich, Almeria, Maccabi Petah Tikva, Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Yehuda.

He has been retired since 2019 but will return to Ibrox for the legends game in March.

David Weier

David Weir left Rangers in 2012 and retired from playing and has had an interesting career since then.

He tried his hand at management in 2013 with Sheffield United, but it never quite worked out.

He became Mark Warburton’s No. 2 at Brentford and then Rangers where he left under controversial circumstances.

He is currently technical director at Brighton having previously been in charge of loans.

Kirk Broadfoot

One of the few players on the team still playing.

Broadfoot played left-back against Red Star that night and put in his usual solid and reliable performance.

He left in 2012 and joined Blackpool and also had spells at Rotherham, Kilmarnock (twice) and St Mirren before joining Inverness Caley Thistle last summer.

Lee McCulloch

McCulloch was playing one of his first games for Rangers after joining in 2007.

He played on the right wing for this one at Ibrox.

He was one of the few senior players to stay with Rangers in 2012 and became club captain before leaving in 2015.

A short stint at Kilmarnock as a player turned into a managerial post and he is currently a first-team coach at Hearts.

Brahim Hemdani

Hemdani was a real enigma and struggled to break into the team in the league but was always on top form in Europe.

He effectively retired after leaving Rangers at the age of 29 and never played football again, but eventually joined Marseille’s youth academy as a manager.

Not much is known about what he has been up to in recent years, but he is well remembered for his spell at Glasgow in that incredible run to the UEFA Cup final.

Barry Ferguson

The Rangers team skipper has had an at times controversial career and will be the first to admit he was disappointed with how his days at Ibrox ended.

He remained at the club until the end of the 2009 season after initially being bombed following a ‘boozegate’ and he later joined Birmingham City.

A stint at Blackpool followed where he had a short spell as caretaker manager before moving to Clyde and then Kelty Hearts as manager. He recently quit as Alloa boss after a disappointing Ligue 1 campaign and also works as a columnist for the Daily Record.

Barry Ferguson

Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson was as hard to tackle as he gets in his playing days and since retiring he has earned a good reputation as a coach.

He left Rangers in 2010 to join Middlesbrough and after injury returned north to first club Hibs before moving to Dundee, back to Hibs and then Tranent Juniors.

Thomson went on to coach with the Rangers academy and was manager of the B team before replacing Barry Ferguson at Kelty Hearts in the summer and now has them top of League Two.

Da Marcus Beasley

The winger had a mixed spell at Ibrox but started in great form before picking up the injury in the Champions League group stage following the win over Crvena Zvezda.

He played just 30 league games for Rangers over the next three seasons before leaving to join Hannover 96 in Germany.

A move to Mexico with Puebla followed before joining Houston Dynamo where he retired in 2019.

He currently co-owns the USL team Fort Wayne FC and also had a successful jewelry business.

Jean-Claude Darcheville

Jean-Claude Darcheville was a bit of a cult hero at Ibrox after joining Bordeaux.

He was often used as a substitute but was up against Red Star from the start and he impressed.

The only time he played a full 90 minutes for the club was the UEFA Cup final in 2008 and he left in 2009 to join Valenciennes before moving on to Nantes, Kavala, Sinnamary and Saint-Georges.


Nacho Novo

The winner of the match of the night. He came off the bench to score the game’s only goal and the tie.

The highly rated Spaniard used to score big goals for the club even when he wasn’t always in the starting line-up.

Nothing more than the penalty won in the UEFA Cup semi-final against Fiorentina and he stayed at Ibrox until 2010 when he returned to Spain with Sporting Gijon.

This then led to a move to various clubs including Legia Warsaw and then Greenock Morton.

He is currently looking to move into management and recently applied for a job with Northern Irish club Ards, according to reports in Northern Ireland.

Daniel Cousin

What player Daniel Cousin could be in his time.

He had just one season at Rangers but was impressive before joining Hull City in 2008.

He then had stints with Larissa in Greece and Sapins in Gabon where he was from.

After retiring, he took on a coaching role with his national side and then had a short stint as manager.

French club ES Fos-sur-Mer also appointed him before being sacked in September 2019.

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