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Rangers players who made a huge impact in the Premier League

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Rangers is a highly successful Scottish Football Club based in Glasgow. It is the fourth oldest club in Scotland, founded in 1872, and play at Ibrox Stadium, a listed building and the third largest stadium in Scotland, home since 1929. Rangers has won the Scottish League a record-breaking 54 times, the Scottish Cup 33 times, and the Scottish League Cup 27 times (amongst others) to become the most successful club in the world. With this level of success, it is hardly a wonder that many Rangers players have gone on to have an impact in the English Premier League, both as players and behind the scenes.

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta

Spaniard Arteta began his career at Antiguoko, where he befriended fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso, and from there set his heights on dominating the field. From there he moved to a number of European clubs before making the move to Rangers. In his debut season in 2002 he was quickly a part of the first XI, and completed the illustrious domestic treble of winning the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup, and Scottish League Cup. Despite only remaining at Rangers for a couple more seasons, and never replicating the success of his debut year, Arteta went on to have a great footballing career, returning to Europe and later on to the Premier League, as a player for Everton and Arsenal.

More recently, Arteta has become the head coach of Arsenal. Approaching 40, his years as a player are behind him, but he has certainly made a huge impact on the team. His first game as a manager ended in a draw against Bournemouth in December 2019, but he did not have long to wait until he led his former team to victory against Manchester United in January 2020. By July 2020 he had lead Arsenal to an FA Cup victory, making him the first person to win the FA Cup as both player and manager, as well as the first manager to win a major title in their debut season since George Graham in 1986/97. He also led Arsenal to victory in the FA Community Shield.

Arteta is a breath of fresh air for Arsenal, as they make a gradual recovery from the from years of strife and uncertainty, due to inadequate management. Admittedly Arsenal are not performing at a top tier level as of yet and is unlikely to win the EPL this year, which is reflected in their Premier League betting odds, coming in at 250/1 at the time this article was written. Despite this, fans are hopeful that Arteta can return to form that is reflective of the team's glory days.

Carlos Cuellar

Carlos Cuellar

Another Spanish addition to the long list is Cuellar, a central defender and right back. Cuellar made his Rangers debut in 2007, and in August 2007 was awarded Scottish Premier League Player of the Year award, followed by the Scottish Premier League Player of the Year award and Scottish Football Writers Associations Player of the Year. Despite only staying at Rangers for one season, he made an impressive 65 appearances and scored five goals.

In 2008, Cuellar moved to Premier League club Aston Villa, where he remained for four years, making regular appearances and regularly scoring goals. Injury, however, scuppered a return to Rangers, and ultimately led to Cuellar leaving the club. He has since been a key player at Sunderland, Norwich City, as well as European teams, and has recently retired from football after a number of years in the Middle East.

Alan Hutton

Alan Hutton

Hutton joined Rangers in 2000 from their youth side and in the 2004/05 season helped the team to the Scottish Premier League title and the Scottish League Cup. By 2008, Hutton had transferred to Premier League Team Tottenham Hotspur, and in just his third appearance for the club contributed to winning the 2008 Football League Cup final against Chelsea.

In 2011, Hutton moved to Aston Villa, another Premier League team, but initially found limited success, and after a series of loans to other teams, including Mallorca, Bolton and Nottingham Forest, returned to Villa. A better few years at the club ended with Villa unfortunately being relegated from the Premier League in 2016, and Hutton retiring in 2019.

David Weir

David Weir

One of the oldest ever Rangers players, Weir continued to be an active football player well into his 40s, a time when many players have already been retired for a number of years. He played for Rangers in the 2007 season where they were chasing the quadruple, and Weir was instrumental in supporting the team to victory in the 2008 Scottish Cup and League Cup. Weir was awarded Player of the Month for February 2020, and in 2010 won the Scottish Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award, becoming the oldest ever recipient of the award.

By 2010, Weir left Rangers and moved into coaching, becoming a coach at Premier League clubs Everton in 2012, and Sheffield United in 2013, as well as manager of youth players on loan to foreign teams at Brighton and Hove Albion, also a Premier League Club. Weir also returned to Rangers in a coaching capacity between 2015 and 2017.

Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson is the most successful Premier league manager, having led Manchester United to 38 trophies in 26 years, and receiving a knighthood for his services to football. He retired in 2013, leaving on a high, with a Premier League win. He also played for Rangers between 1967-1969, as well as a raft of other teams, though he never found the same success as he did as a manager.