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Rangers hit the jackpot by signing Nikica Jelavic in 2010

Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson were hard at work throughout the summer transfer window as they brought in a host of fresh talent to Glasgow Rangers.

The pair enjoyed their first summer working together at Ibrox and snapped up Ben Davies, John Souttar, Rabbi Matondo, Ridvan Yilmaz, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, and Malik Tillman.

Of those signings, Colak has stood out above the rest with his sensational form for the Light Blues since completing his move from Greek side PAOK.

The Croatian striker has scored 13 goals and assisted two in 16 appearances in all competitions, including ten goals in nine Premiership outings.

Rangers’ new number nine is not the first Croatian predator to strut his stuff in front of the Ibrox faithful, though, as he is following in the footsteps of his countryman Nikica Jelavic.

In the summer of 2010, the late Walter Smith snapped him up from Rapid Vienna for a fee in the region of £4m on a four-year contract, with the forward signing at the age of 24.

Jelavic played 28 games in his debut campaign for the Gers and produced an eye-catching 19 goals and eight assists for the club in all competitions, including 16 goals in 23 Premiership matches.

The Gers manager, Smith, hailed the striker’s “special” and “terrific” goals towards the end of that season and he carried his form over to 2011/12.

In the first half of his second year in Glasgow, the predator scored 17 goals and set up seven in 28 outings – with 14 of those strikes coming in 22 top-flight appearances.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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His remarkable form in front of goal led to interest south of the border and Premier League side Everton swooped to sign him for a fee in the region of £5.5m in January 2012.

He ended his time at Rangers with a whopping 36 strikes in 56 outings, whilst also assisting 15. This means that he cost the club roughly £111k per goal and £78k per goal contribution from the £4m they paid to sign him from Rapid Vienna in 2010.

The attacker produced a goal contribution every 1.09 matches and there is no doubt that he was a success on the pitch during his 18 months at Ibrox, as he was a prolific goalscorer and a creator for his teammates.

He also raked in a transfer profit of £1.5m for the Gers and this means that he ended up being a sublime signing from both a financial and footballing perspective.

Therefore, Smith certainly hit the jackpot by signing the striker in 2010 and van Bronckhorst will hope that supporters look back on the signing of Colak in ten years’ time in a similar vein, potentially with more goals to his name if he stays longer than 18 months.

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