As Rangers look to begin phase two of our journey with a home game against Brechin City this Saturday I thought it would be interesting to look at the former Rangers on the books of the other clubs we will face this season. A few will be familiar to many while others will be unknown as they passed through Rangers youth system. I may miss the odd one either by mistake or not being aware of their Rangers connections.
Ross Chisholm:- I believe midfielder Ross has a spell in Rangers youth system before signing for Hibernian. After playing almost 50 games for the Easter Road club he has had spells in Ireland, England and Bulgaria before returning to Scotland for his second spell at Arbroath.
Adam Hunter:- Adam was at Rangers for a few years having been spotted at one of the soccer schools. Comfortable at either right back or in midfield he joined Ayr United after being released by Rangers a year ago.
Anthony Marenghi:- Joined Rangers from Celtic around the Under 14 age group. A skillful attacking left side player who gradually drifted out of favour in the Rangers youth team. With his talent it was suggested this was in part due to a clash of personalities rather than purely football ability. Another who signed for Ayr United a year ago after being released from Rangers.
Darren McGill:- A left footed midfielder he was signed from Ayr United at Under 14 for a development fee. Failed to secure a professional contract with Rangers at 16/17 and returned to Ayr United.
Michael Donald:- Michael held down the left back slot in Rangers Under 19’s having been at the club since the age of 12. After being released at 19 he took up a scholarship in Daytona Florida. As well as playing for his college side he also turned out for PDL side Jacksonville Destroyers. On return to the UK he had unsuccessful trials at Bradford City and Port Vale. After turning out in the Ayrshire amateur leagues and a brief spell at Maybole Juniors he signed for Ayr United.
Derek Carcary:- Lightening quick “Del” started his career at Queen’s Park before earning a move to his boyhood hero’s. A regular at youth and reserve level he failed to make the breakthrough to the first team and move to Raith Rovers on loan before signing permanently. He scored 9 goals in 47 appearances before moving on to Dumbarton and subsequently Brechin City.
Graeme Smith:- Goalkeeper Graeme “Buzz” Smith came through Rangers youth system but failed to make a first team appearance. After a successful period at Motherwell playing well over 100 games he became a football nomad. And even played under Tony Adams at Azerbaijan club Gabala FK. He joined Brechin City this summer.
Lewis Spence:- Joined Rangers from Hearts at Under 11’s, a tidy midfielder he was surprisingly released as a U16 player. Joined Dunfermline in his native Fife, not the biggest but skilful and could prove to be a mistake in the longer term.
Lewis Martin:- Another whose release surprised me, he had been at Rangers since U10 and was released and a U16 player. A centre back who is also comfortable playing in midfield. 17-year-old Lewis is on the fringes of the first team at Dunfermline and featured in most pre-season friendlies. It was rumoured that Rangers were scouting Lewis at the end of last season.
Connor Shaw:- Goalkeeper Connor spent a year at Rangers at U17 before being released and signed for East Fife. He has been loaned to Junior club Livingston United to gain experience.
Steven Campbell:- An excellent youth player coming through the age groups at Rangers, possibly lacked a bit in terms of physique for his prefered position of centre back. Made the bench for the first team on a few occasions before Paul Le Guen sent him out on loan to Partick Thistle where he made 15 appearances. Had spells with Airdrie United and Perth SC in Australia before signing for East Fife.
Scott Durie:- Son of former Rangers and East Fife play Gordon he was originally a striker at the younger age groups before being converted to a centre back. A lack of inches was the probable reason for his move to right back. After 5 years at Rangers he signed for East Fife on his release.
Gregor Fotheringham:- Not quite sure if Gregor is a signed East Fife player, but he did come on as a substitute in their recent Ramsdens Cup tie. Released by Rangers at the end of last season after a loan spell a Forfar Athletic. The competitive midfielder was at Rangers through his youth career
Marvin Andrews:- As an important member of the “Helicopter Sunday” team Marvin needs no introduction to Rangers fans. He has since played with teams as diverse as Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Wrexham.At the age of 37 he is still going strong and was in the Forfar side that knocked Rangers out of the League Cup last weekend.
Bryan Hodge:- Highly rated midfielder while coming through Rangers youth teams. Chose Blackburn Rover over Rangers and moved south as a 16-year-old. After a few spells on loan at lower league clubs in England he returned to Scotland. His career never quite met expectations and after spells at Partick Thistle and Brechin City he signed for Stenhousemuir.
Ciaran Summers:– Youngster that was at Rangers for several years. Wasn’t the biggest but had a cultured left foot and comfortable at either full back of left midfield. On release he joined Stenhousemuir’s youth system and was rewarded with a professional contract this summer.
From what I recall or can gather from other resources neither Airdrieonians or Stranraer have any players on their books with a Rangers connection.