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Rangers are landing John Park with the former Celtic man set for a shock move to Ibrox some six years after leaving Parkhead.

The Gers have had some notable transfer misfires in recent times and really need to strengthen their first team.

Ross Wilson is working on that but Rangers are now bringing in Park too.

The Athletic claim that Park is taking a senior scouting role at Rangers and has begun work immediately.

The 64-year-old has left Blackburn Rovers but is best known for his time at Celtic – and some of his top finds raked in around £52million of profit before factoring in sell-on clauses…

Virgil van Dijk

One of Park’s best signings was defender Virgil van Dijk. Snapped up from Groningen in 2013, Van Dijk spent tow outstanding seasons with Celtic before leaving for Southampton in 2015. Now one of the top centre backs in world football, the Liverpool superstar was an incredible signing for Celtic.

Signed for £2.5million, sold for £11.5million, £9million profit

Victor Wanyama

Two years before Van Dijk’s arrival, Park also plucked Victor Wanyama from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot. The Kenyan midfielder proved to be immensely popular with Celtic fans and, much like Van Dijk, he was snapped up by Southampton in 2013. Wanyama hit new heights with Tottenham in the 2016-17 season but then started to decline and now finds himself in MLS with CF Montreal.

Signed for £900,000, sold for £12.5million, £11.6million profit

Celtic’s Victor Wanyama (L) and Hibernian’s Paul Hanlon (Reuters)

Ki Sung-Yueng

We’re now accustomed to Celtic finding stars in the Far East but Ki became a star after his move way back in 2009. Celtic pounced to sign Ki from FC Seoul in 2010 and spent two-and-a-half fine years at Parkhead before joining Swansea City. Spells with Sunderland and Newcastle United followed, and he is now back with FC Seoul via Mallorca.

Signed for £2million, sold for £6million, £4million profit

Fraser Forster

Celtic also picked out Fraser Forster from Newcastle United, taking him on loan for two years before selling him on to Southampton in 2014. The giant goalkeeper was a firm favourite on the green and white side of Glasgow and even returned to the club for the 2019-20 season. Now with Tottenham Hotspur, the 34-year-old goalkeeper will remain popular with Celtic fans.

Signed for £2million, sold for £10million, £8million profit

Moussa Dembele:

In terms of profit, this is the biggest one. Celtic pounced to sign striker Moussa Dembele from Fulham in 2016, paying minimal compensation at the end of his contract. Just two years later – and after 51 goals in 94 games – Dembele was off to Lyon for around £20million. The French hitman was a pure goal machine for Celtic and fans would no doubt love to see him return one day in the future.

Signed for £500,000, sold for £20million, £19.5million profit

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Tom Rogic

It’s not always about profit though. Celtic paid a fee for Tom Rogic in 2012 but ended up letting him leave for free this summer; that goes down as a loss in financial terms but that doesn’t factor in Rogic’s service to Celtic. Rogic played nearly 300 times for Celtic, shining as a technically-gifted playmaker who loved a goal against Rangers. The Australian was a great find and will remain a favourite long after his exit.

Mikael Lustig

The same goes for Mikael Lustig, who joined for free in 2012 and left for free in 2019. That may not sound all that great but Lustig also played nearly 300 times for Celtic, winning eight league titles and becoming something of a cult hero. Now back in Sweden with AIK, Lustig is the kind of find Rangers will need Park to come up with moving forward.

The flip side of course is some of the misses; the deals for Mo Bangura, Amido Balde, Teemu Pukki, Stefan Scepovic and Nadir Ciftci didn’t exactly work out but Rangers will hope that Park can find some quality at Ibrox as Rangers look to chase Celtic down again.

Celtic’s Mikael Lustig celebrates scoring their first goal (Reuters)

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