One year after Ibrox links, Mulumbu looks nowhere near Rangers' level

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic and Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers shake hands during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on...

Rangers were reportedly hoping to sign Youssouf Mulumbu last year.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers  Auchenhowie Training Centre on...

It says a lot about the quality midfield options available to Steven Gerrard now that a player Rangers reportedly wanted to sign in early 2018 would struggle to get anywhere near the starting XI these days.

According to the Mail, Rangers were interested in snapping up Youssouf Mulumbu with the experienced enforcer enjoying a fine spell at Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock.

 

At the time, you could make a case that the former West Brom and Norwich man would have walked into Graeme Murty’s first-team. So when Mulumbu joined Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic instead on a free transfer, you could forgive fans for thinking they’d missed a trick.

Flash forward to the present day, however, and Rangers are arguably putting together the strongest midfield in Scottish football while Mulumbu has proved to be a major disappointment down the road at Parkhead, making just one league appearance all season.

Diadie Samassekou of FC Salzburg and Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-...

Rangers out-thought and out-played Celtic during their deserved 1-0 win at Ibrox in December with Scott Arfield, Ross McCrorie and goalscorer Ryan Jack outshining their rivals in green and white.

Now, Gerrard has added Steven Davis to his squad while Craig Bryson could arrive too from Derby County, according to the Daily Record.

In fact, it is a testament to how far Rangers have come in the last 12 months that a man Celtic signed ahead of the Ibrox giants simply doesn’t look good enough these days for a club who have moved onto bigger and better things.

Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic speaks with Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4,...

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