Where Are They Now – Adda Djeziri & Barjam Fetai

With the youth leagues in cold storage I have been trying to keep the interest in the blog up and following on from “Charlie’s Boots” post,  I thought I’d look at the young foreign players that have been on Rangers books in recent years. Some have arrived in a blaze of publicity and other have slipped into Murray Park quietly.

Adda Djeziri

Adda was Danish of Algerian parents and arrived in the January 2007 transfer window on loan till the end of the season from Boldklubben Frem.

A six foot plus winger he made an immediate impact on the youth team, in particular the victory against Celtic at New Broomfield, where his performance as a substitute was key in the ten man fight back, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2. A win that was crucial come end of the season in clinching the title.

As the season wore on he became less consistent and by the time we hammered Celtic 5-0 in the Youth Cup Final he was a substitute coming on in the closing minutes for Paul Emslie. In an interview with Algerian football magazine DZFoot he said that Rangers were keen to sign him but could not agree a fee with BoldklubbenFrem.

He then moved on to spend a loan spell with Leicester City before signing for Porstmouth in 2008. He wasn’t long on the south coast returning to Denmark initially with FC Hjørring before moving to his current club Vejle Boldklub, where he has been pretty much a regular this season.

Barjam Fetai

Macedonian born Barjam Fetai was a player that arrived at Rangers in a blaze of publicity. Signing for Rangers for a reported £200,000 from Danish club B93, having scored 12 goals in 23 appearances for the Danish minnows.

My earliest memory of Barjam’s impact was a Youth League game at Murray Park against Partick Thistle, when he scored two goals including a very late winner in a 2-1 win. Initially he made good progress culminating in a substitute appearance  in March 2004 as a late substitute for Michael Mols in a 4-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic.

Possibly the biggest impact he made at Ibrox was as a substitute in March 2005 for Inverness Caley Thistle during his loan spell with the highland club. Rangers having omitted to include a clause preventing him from playing, had their championships hopes dented by a late equaliser from Brian Prunty. Fortunately Nacho Novo and Helicopter Sunday saw everything work out okay in the end.

The start of the following season saw Barjam move to Danish side Silkeborg IF for a nominal fee, before moving to his current club FC Nordsjællan. It was with them he returned to Scotland to take on Queen Of The South in a UEFA Cup tie, starting at Palmerston and coming on as a sub in Denmark, in the Danes 4-2 aggregate victory. He continues to be a regular first team player with FC Nordsjællan


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