Everything Rangers fans need to know about latest Ibrox trialist Gai Assulin

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Rangers have taken Israeli playmaker Gai Assulin on trial.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has confirmed to the club's official website that ex-Barcelona playmaker Gai Assulin has arrived at the club on trial.

With midfielder John Eustace already on trial at Ibrox, Warburton is now taking a look at Assulin too, with squad strengthening still a priority even outside of the transfer window.

Assulin may not be a household name in Scotland, but here are five notes to help Rangers supporters get to know the playmaker, ahead of his potential permanent move to the club...

1. Assulin is best known for coming up through the ranks at Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, and whilst he thrived with the Barcelona B team - earning comparisons to Lionel Messi in the process - he didn't manage to make the grade with the first team, though he did have a €20m release clause in his first contract, showing just how highly-rated he was at the Camp Nou.

2. A similar fate followed for Assulin at Manchester City, as his next move garnered no first team appearances in a disappointing spell at the Etihad Stadium, despite a lengthy contract wrangle to lure him over to City in 2010.

3. A move back to Spain has helped Assulin play regularly, and with six goals in 60 games for Racing Santander and Hercules, Assulin has managed to carve out a successful spell in the second tier of Spanish football.

4. Assulin has just one cap for Israel, despite being considered as one of their top up-and-coming prospects alongside former Chelsea ace Ben Sahar during his teenage years. 

5. With great close control, dribbling ability and a decent turn of pace, Assulin can play out wide or as a playmaker, and there is certainly some untapped potential there for Rangers to try and capitalise on.

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