In the history of the Old Firm there has been many talents from all over the world to have played in the famous blue of Glasgow Rangers and the famous hoops of Glasgow Celtic. We have selected our top five foreign stars to have played for Rangers and Celtic. It was a very difficult task narrowing it down to 5!
The Danish fans favourite! Lovenkrands joined Rangers in the summer of 2000 and spent 6 years at the Ibrox club. The Dane put in some memorable performances in the famous blue jersey. Celtic fans look away now! The one that will stick out in the memory of most Rangers supporters will be that famous last minute winner against Celtic in the 2002 Scottish Cup final. In his time at Rangers Lovenkrands went on to win two SPL titles, three Scottish Cups and one Sottish League Cup. Peter left Govan in 2006 to join German side FC Shalke.
‘Stan’ signed for Celtic in 1999 for £2.8 million from CSKA Sofia. Petrov turned out to be a fans favourite at Parkhead and was made club captain by Martin O’Neill for the 2004/2005 season. He spent 8 very successful years in the east end of Glasgow where he win four SPL titles, three Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups. Stan played a major part in the treble winning team of 01/02 and also had a big part to play in Celtic reaching the 2003 Uefa Cup Final. The Bulgarian international became the first ever foreign player to win the SPFA Young Player of The Year. Petrov went on to join Aston Villa 2006 where he spent seven seasons before having to retire due to leukaemia.
The Italian man mountain joined Rangers in the summer of 1997 for £4 million from Serie A club Fiorentina after beating off interest from Manchester United. Dick Adovcaat installed Amoruso as club captain in 1998. However, following many disagreements with the Dutch gaffer he was stripped of the captaincy in 2002 following an exit from the Champions League. The towering Centre half rediscovered his best form in a Rangers shirt under new boss Alex McLeish who had take over in 2001. In his time at Ibrox the Italian win three SPL titles, three Scottish Cups and 3 Scottish League Cups. Another important thing to note is that Lorenzo Amoruso became the first Catholic to captain Rangers Football Club. Lorenzo left the Govan club in 2003 for Blackburn after his last game for Rangers the Scottish Cup final which he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Dundee.
In the blue side of Glasgow ‘The Prince of Denmark’ or ‘The Great Dane’ were names that stuck with Brian. His performances in Rangers colours were nothing short of remarkable. He joined Rangers in 1994 from AC Milan for £2.3 million as Rangers were on a quest to conquer Europe. Just five months into his time in Glasgow Laudrup turned down an offer to join Barcelona as he was enjoying life and playing in Scotland that much. ‘The Great Dane’ will always be remembered for that header in May 1997 which give Rangers a 1-0 win over Dundee and that famous 9 in a row title. Brian spent 4 seasons at Rangers winning three SPL titles, one Scottish Cup, one Scottish League Cup and numerous individual awards. In 1998 there was serious interest from Sir Alex Ferguson to bring Laudrup to Manchester United. However, he decided to leave Rangers and join Chelsea. Brian Laudrup was a star for the Danish national team also. Capped a total of 82 times and was part of the squad that famously win Euro 92.
Undoubtedly the most talented forward man to have played in Scottish football. Celtic signed Larsson from Feyenoord for a fee of £650,000 and got more than their moneys worth! The swedes incredible stats while playing in hoops speak volume. Larsson netted a remarkable 242 goals in 313 appearances for Celtic with him netting 53 goals in 50 appearances in the 00/01 season. That same season the Celts win a domestic treble and Larsson was the SPL top goalscorer and the winner of the European golden boot. The Swedish international spent seven seasons at parkhead winning four SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. ‘The King of Kings’ is definitely a player who had a big say on derby day in Glasgow netting 15 goals against Celtic’s bitter rivals Rangers. The loyal Celtic support will always see Larsson as the main man who stopped Rangers winning ’10 in a row’.