When Rangers hit their financial demise in 2012, they ended up losing a host of players who refused to transfer their contracts over to ‘new’ side.
Sone Aluko, Steven Whittaker, Steven Naismith and Kyle Lafferty were among those to go, whilst Allan McGregor and Steven Davis also left, but are now back at Ibrox.
John Fleck’s decision to move on has paid off having impressed in England, but the same can’t really be said for fellow midfielder Rhys McCabe.
McCabe rejected the chance to transfer his contract, and chose to leave Rangers in favour of a move to Sheffield Wednesday as he tried his luck in England.
McCabe had shown potential in the Rangers setup, earning praise from Ally McCoist – who called him ‘great’, ‘very good’ and admitted Rangers had ‘high hopes’ for him – just months before leaving.
The midfielder’s move to Wednesday didn’t really pan out; he made just 36 appearances in three years before being released, and his career has become somewhat nomadic since 2015.
He joined Dunfermline Athletic in 2015 before heading to Ireland with Sligo Rovers in 2017, then off to St Patrick’s Athletic just years later as he struggled to find a consistent home.
Brechin City took a chance on McCabe in January, and after five appearances in Scottish League Two, he is now in the second tier once again, this time with Queen of the South.
That means he has reunited with his former Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston, and he will be looking to settle down and play regular first-team football with the Scottish Championship side.
Now 28, McCabe likely won’t fulfil the potential he showed at Rangers, and walking out of Ibrox seems to have backfired as he could have played regularly for the Gers back then, but is now watching on as Rangers sit 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.