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Rangers fans pleaded with Cazorla to join Gerrard at Ibrox, now he's facing them

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during an Arsenal training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Ludogorets Razgrad at London Colney on October 18,...

Steven Gerrard's Glasgow Rangers will go up against Santi Cazorla later this week.

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during an Arsenal training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Ludogorets Razgrad at London Colney on October 18,...

Rangers have been drawn up against Villarreal in the Europa League this week, a match which signifies their return to the big time.

Villarreal's most notable star player is Santi Cazorla, who several Rangers fans pleaded with to join Steven Gerrard's side earlier this summer.

 

Cazorla's contract at Arsenal expired in the summer after six seasons, and he briefly became a much coveted free agent

Rangers missed out on the midfielder, but he will head to Ibrox eventually, when the teams face off in Scotland on November 29.

For this week Rangers take on Villarreal at El Madrigal on Thursday, and Steven Gerrard has already warned his side about the player they will face.

Gerrard took on Cazorla in the Premier League when Liverpool and Arsenal did battle.

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal battles for the ball with Marek Suchy and Renato Steffen of Basel during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and FC Basel 1893 at the...

He told the Scottish Sun: "I played against him often and he was murder to face. He was a top player. He had a very low centre of gravity and could manipulate the ball with either foot.

"I know he’s had his injury problems of late but he was a tough, tough player to play against."

Cazorla is no certainty to play in the fixture as a starter, but if he does, Rangers' players have been warned just how tough it will be.

Santi Cazorla midfielder of Villarreal CF with the ball during the La Liga game between Villarreal CF and Girona FC  at Estadio de la Ceramica on August 31, 2018 in Villarreal, Spain.

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