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Rangers struck gold over Dado Prso

Glasgow Rangers suffered from what can only be described as Jekyll and Hyde syndrome at the beginning of this century.

A double in season 2001/2002 was swiftly followed by an incredible treble-winning campaign the season after. 2003/2004 was woeful in comparison and it ended with no trophies, with manager Alex McLeish looking for players who could help stop Celtic from dominating Scotland.

With this in mind, Rangers announced they had signed Croatian forward Dado Prso on a pre-contract in May 2004 and it turned out to be an excellent move.

Prso was a late developer but had shone for AS Monaco in their superb run to the Champions League final in 2004. He scored four times against Deportivo La Coruna in the group stages during a then-record 8-3 win.

His spell in Glasgow is fondly remembered by the Ibrox faithful and McLeish has a lot of praise for the player, saying:

“We had a few good signings. Bringing Barry Ferguson back to Rangers for example but the best value was Dado Prso. He was incredible. He stood out like a beacon.

“Dado was awesome, just awesome and I’ve kept in touch with him over the years. He is just a wonderful human being.

“When we went up to Aberdeen and won during the Helicopter Sunday year, big Dado played in the Pittodrie wind and rain like an absolute trojan.”

Prso settled into life at the club exceptionally well, scoring 20 times during his first season, including vital goals against Celtic that set Rangers on their way to winning the league as well as the Scottish League Cup.

His second season wasn’t as prolific, netting just 12 goals as the Light Blues finished trophyless, while McLeish left at the end of the season.

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Prso announced that he was leaving the club in 2007 following a long-standing knee complaint and referred to Rangers as a “special club” at the end-of-season award ceremony.

His time in Glasgow was maybe brief, but it produced 36 goals and some memorable moments that will live long in the Ibrox annals.

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