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.
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.
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.
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.