There were high hopes when Rangers signed Eros Grezda from NK Osijek in 2018 but his time under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox turned into something of a nightmare, and he departed less than two years later.
Mark Allen, the Gers’ sporting director at the time, worked with Gerrard to sign the Albanian international for £2m, with the winger becoming the 14th signing of that summer following the former Liverpool captain’s appointment as the new manager of Rangers.
Although a lot of the players signed by Gerrard have gone on to become successful with the Light Blues, Grezda was unfortunately not one of them, as he managed just two goals in his brief time with the club, meaning that Rangers effectively paid £1m per goal for his services.
Considering that Grezda made 17 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, it was disappointing that he only managed to contribute two goals and one assist, all of which came in a 7-1 win against Motherwell.
Although injuries clearly played their part, with knee and ankle problems keeping him out for much of that season, his performances clearly weren’t much to write home about.
On the few occasions that Grezda was fit, Gerrard seemingly wasn’t particularly impressed with the winger, as he was allowed to rejoin his old club in January 2020 after failing to feature at all for the Rangers first team in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Osijek will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank with regards to their transfer negotiations with Rangers for the 25-year-old, as they cashed in on him after a decent season where he managed eight goals and three assists in all competitions, before bringing him back for a fraction of the fee they received from Rangers.
However, he has barely featured this season so far for Osijek, which suggests that he may well have continued his form from his time at Ibrox with the Croatian title hopefuls.
Certainly, you could argue that Allen made a big error in bringing Grezda to Ibrox, as he really struggled to impress in his brief spell with the club.