A look at both Celtic and Rangers squads from back in the 2008/2009 season makes for interesting reading a decade on, with plenty of players still plying their trade in the game today.
In a season where Rangers pipped their Old Firm rivals to the league title by four points to win their first league campaign in four years, then boss Walter Smith’s team featured the likes of Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Chris Burke and Kyle Lafferty.
Gordon Strachan’s Celtic side included the likes of Artur Boruc, Darren O’Dea, Scott McDonald and Shinsuke Nakamura among the players who are still pulling on their boots today.
But within the respective squads, there are also a few (mostly forgotten) players you might be surprised to know are still plying their trade here in 2019. Here’s our pick of eight of them:
Celtic fought off competition from the likes of Milan to sign the Czech defender, who could only make the bench for the Hoops on one occasion – in a 4-2 defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the league.
And yet the 29-year-old has managed to carve out a career back in his homeland, where he currently plays for second-tier side Banik Sokolov.
A product of Valencia’s youth system, the Spanish winger arrived at Ibrox with a glowing reputation on a two-year loan from the La Liga outfit, yet failed to light the touch-paper at Rangers.
Making only three appearances for Walter Smith’s side, he since turned out for the likes of Real Oviedo and Elche in his homeland as well as Braga in Portugal. Most recently, the 29 year old was on the books of Malaysian Super League side Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Becoming the second American player to sign for Rangers when he arrived in June of 2007, Beasley spent three years at Ibrox prior to his move to Hannover.
The 36 year old has been playing with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo since signing back in July of 2014, and currently captains the side as they take part in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League for the first time since 2013.
The 33 year old winger currently plays in Japan’s second tier with Roasso Kumamoto , having returned to his native country after being released from Celtic back in July of 2010.
Mizuno signed for Gordon Strachan’s side back in 2008, making a total of just 12 appearances in two seasons at Parkhead as he failed to replicate the form of compatriot Shinsuke Nakamura in becoming a real fan’s favourite.
Veteran Dutch centre-half Loovens currently finds himself alongside ex teammate Aiden McGeady and current Celtic loanee Lewis Morgan at English League One side Sunderland.
After being linked with Rangers, Loovens signed for the Hoops in August of 2008 on a four year deal from Cardiff City, making a total of 87 appearances before moving to Zaragoza in July of 2012.
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