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Rangers: McLeish made a huge blunder by signing Mladenovic

Alex McLeish signed some wonderful players for Glasgow Rangers during his four-and-a-half-year tenure at the club.

Modern-day greats such as Kris Boyd, Nacho Novo, and Dado Prso were all brought to Ibrox by the Scot and went on to thrive under him, while he also secured the return of Barry Ferguson, 18 months after he departed Glasgow for the riches of the Premier League.

He did make some howlers, however, with names such as Nuno Capucho, Egil Ostenstad, and Emerson sending shivers down every supporter’s spine at the mere mention of them.

One of his worst signings was Dragan Mladenovic, who cost the club £1.1m back in 2004 and failed to have any meaningful impact during his short stint at the Light Blues.

Having impressed McLeish with his performances at Red Star Belgrade, he splashed out on the player who he felt could add that extra dimension to the Rangers midfield that they had been missing during their woeful 2003/04 campaign.

This enthusiasm was to be short-lived, however, as the former Serbia and Montenegro international played a grand total of nine matches for the club, all in the first half of the season, while he failed to score during that time either.

The midfielder looked lost in Scotland and was soon moved on to Real Sociedad in a six-month loan deal.

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Injuries didn’t help the 6 foot 3 colossus settle, yet it was a big outlay for someone who barely contributed during his Ibrox spell and this happened often with McLeish, spending a significant figure on someone who just didn’t live up to the hype or expectation, before being either released or sold at a low price.

Mladenovic soon returned to his homeland on a free transfer, and the move was a major misjudgment on McLeish’s part.

The season ended in triumph, with Rangers winning both the Scottish League Cup and their 51st league title, with the infamous scenes on the last day of the season forever being known as Helicopter Sunday.

Now, the 46-year-old is still in his homeland, where he occupies the role of director of Red Star’s youth academy.

Article title: Rangers: McLeish made a huge blunder by signing Mladenovic

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