Once touted as 'the new Messi', what has happened to ex-Rangers trialist Gai Assulin since Ibrox spell?

Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham Hotspur challenges Gaiyigaal Assulin of Barcelona during the Wembley Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on July 24, 2009 in...

Rangers took Gai Assulin on trial two years ago this weekend.

Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham Hotspur challenges Gaiyigaal Assulin of Barcelona during the Wembley Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on July 24, 2009 in...Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham Hotspur challenges Gai Assulin of Barcelona

Under Mark Warburton's reign, Rangers decided to bring in a number of trialists, with varying degrees of success for those who joined the Gers for training sessions.

Maciej Gostomski, Serge Atakayi and Philippe Senderos were among the trialists to earn permanent deals with Rangers, the likes of Reece Wabara, John Eustace an Vladislavs Gutkovskis weren't so fortunate.

This weekend marks two years since Rangers took Gai Assulin on trial, with some fans excited at the time given his reputation from his time with Barcelona.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Once touted as 'the new Lionel Messi', Assulin came through Barcelona's famed La Masia academy having moved over from his native Israel in his youth, and he impressed through the age ranks with the Catalunyan giants.

However, he couldn't make the grade with Barca as he struggled as a senior, and he had disappointing spells with Manchester City, Brighton, Racing Santander, Granada, Hercules and Mallorca before arriving at Rangers.

Whilst then-manager Warburton told the Glasgow Evening Times that he saw a talented player in Assulin, the playmaker left Glasgow without a deal – and his exploits since departing Scotland won't leave Rangers feeling they missed out.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Assulin moved on to Hapoel Tel-Aviv, where he played just seven times, before heading back to Spain in 2016, joining third-tier Spanish side Sabadell, where he notched just two goals and one assist in 18 games last season.

Now 26, Assulin will seemingly never live up to his potential from his days at La Masia, and whilst he arrived at Rangers with some buzz and excitement over those Messi comparisons, Rangers' decision not to sign him to a contract looks correct, two years on.

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