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Rangers: top 30 players - Number 29

Rangers supporters only got to see Marco Negri at his best for one season, but it is more than enough to see him held in high regard at Ibrox.


Even though Walter Smith splashed out £3.5m to bring him to Glasgow from Perugia. no-one could have anticipated the goalscoring exploits of Marco Negri during the 1997-98 campaign.


By the time November 1 came around, the Italian had already scored 25 goals in all competitions. He netted all five in a demolition of Dundee United before adding further hat-tricks against Dunfermline and Kilmarnock. It was a truly astonishing spell that came in just 17 appearances.


Negri would add just 10 more goals throughout the remainder of the campaign as Rangers lost their grip on the Scottish title, but the season will be remembered for his performance in front of goal. He scored 32 times in the league - 14 more than anyone else.


The forward would have probably scored more that season had he not have been sidelined with a detached retina after a game of squash with teammate Sergio Porrini at the start of 1998. Negri wasn't the same player when he returned and he played just another three games for the club following his debut year.


It was a disaster for both the club and Negri himself because at the age of 28, he was just entering the peak years of his career. He could have been a Rangers legend had it not have been for a squash ball.

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