One of the Rangers redundancy men leading a French renaissance in Ligue 1

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Alejandro Bedoya has put the disappointment of Rangers' liquidation behind him with a stunning start to his Nantes campaign.

When Rangers snapped up American international Alejandro Bedoya from Swedish outfit Orebro in 2011 it was supposed to be the start of an excellent career in the UK for the attacking midfielder.

But Bedoya only managed to play 13 games for the Scottish giants before they went bust.

With the club in liquidation, and Bedoya one of their main assets as an international recently signed, he was one of the first to be told he was redundant.

He signed a short-term deal back in Sweden with Helsingborgs - and scored an overhead kick on his spectacular debut.

That was the start of a fantastic time with the Swedish giants - including a second season where he scored seven goals in 15 games for the outfit.

But his renaissance was not to be locked away in the cold depths of Scandinavia. In August, newly promoted Ligue 1 side and fallen French giants Nantes decided to give him a chance - and snapped him up.

Since then he, and Nantes, have not looked back.

The 26-year-old has been in great form for the club, and is highlighted by many in the French media as the main reason behind the clubs exciting start to the campaign.

And in his last outing for the club he was the undoubted hero. Nantes defeated AC Ajaccio 1-0 to take them up to fourth place in the table - ahead of Marseille, Saint Etienne and Lyon.

Tonight they face third placed Lille at home, with the potential to go second with a comfortable result and Bedoya will no doubt be one of those tasked with getting that victory.

It shows a great turnaround in his fortunes that, just over a year after being told he no lon ger had a job in Scotland, Bedoya is now considered to be among the best players at the moment in a league containing talent such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Clement Grenier and James Rodriguez.

And a solid performance tonight could see him take Nantes to even dizzier heights, in contrast to the shocking lows of August 2012 in Glasgow.

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