Glasgow Rangers appear to be going through a defensive injury crisis at the moment.
With Rangers having sold Nikola Katic and released Leon Balogun, Giovanni van Bronckhorst now has just two fit natural centre-back options in Ben Davies and Leon King ahead of the Motherwell tie on Sunday.
Davies has only played three times in the Premiership so far and will take time to settle into the Gers side, while 18-year-old King is still constantly learning and developing with every passing appearance.
Van Bronckhorst must wish he had a time machine so that he could bring back one of the finest defenders that the club has seen over the past 15 years…
The 2007/08 campaign was one of the most exciting in Rangers’ post-war history, with the club coming so close to a quadruple. They won the Scottish Cup and League Cup trophies but lost out to Celtic in the league, while Zenit St Petersburg defeated them 2-0 in the UEFA Cup final.
Cuellar, who was dubbed “wonderful” by former Ibrox hero Ally McCoist, played a staggering 65 times for the club in his sole campaign at the club, establishing a formidable defensive partnership with David Weir, and he would shine under Van Bronckhorst now if his qualities from 15 years ago were transposed to the present day.
He wasn’t the quickest or strongest defender, but Cuellar knew how to read the game and was the backbone of that memorable Rangers team which came so close to unprecedented glory.
The Spaniard was sold to Aston Villa for a fee of £7.8m after just one season in Scotland, and while the Gers made a fantastic profit from the defender, there is no doubt that Smith would have loved to have kept him for longer.
Cuellar would be the perfect role model alongside an inexperienced King at the heart of the Rangers’ defence; and if he had played against Liverpool this month, the Gers wouldn’t have shipped nine goals over those two matches, that’s for sure.