Former AEK Athens defender Vasilis Lambropoulos was linked with a move to Scottish Premiership powerhouses Rangers.

In another world, Vasilis Lambropoulos is the new kingpin of Rangers’ defence, leading Steven Gerrard’s side into a brave new era where the Scottish Premiership title and a respectable run in the Europa League is a genuine possibility.

Instead, that honour is being shared by Conor Goldson, Nikola Katic and big-money summer signing Filip Helander.

Lambropoulos is currently earning a living at another fallen giant but, unlike Rangers, Deportivo La Coruna appear further away from their peak years than ever.

Greek publication SDNA claimed in December last year that Rangers were keen to bring Lambropoulos to Ibrox after watching him humiliate Celtic in a 2018 Europa League qualifier in the yellow and black stripes of AEK Athens.

The Daily Record then suggested in May that the 29-year-old Greek international was still on their radar. But with Gerrard fully focused on Helander and George Edmundson, Lambropoulos was forced to settle for Galicia rather than Glasgow.

Not bad at all on paper, until you realise that one-time Champions League regulars Deportivo La Coruna are not what they used to be. Depor are 19th in the Spanish second tier and another relegation is not out of the question for a team who won La Liga as recently as 2000.

They have fallen on hard times and so has Lambropoulos by the look of things.

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