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Top five: Ex-Rangers players in the Premier League

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Davis plies his trade with Southampton. (©GettyImages)
Davis plies his trade with Southampton. (©GettyImages).

Scottish football was shocked last February when Rangers' financial troubles were shown to be worse than anybody thought.

Five months later, they were starting life in the Third Division with a very different squad.

Most of the stars departed and here, we look at five of the best former Gers players who are about to begin the 2013/14 season in the English Premier League.

5. Steven Naismith, Everton

Naismith began Rangers' last season in the SPL in fantastic form, scoring 10 goals in 20 appearances before a bad knee injury ended his season early in October. His next game of club football would be with Everton, after the Merseyside team picked him up during the mass exodus from Rangers.

Despite not playing every week, the Scot netted four times in 20 appearances. That was more impressive than it sounds as he was used in a deeper position by David Moyes. 

Expect Naismith to be even more effective after a full season under his belt.

4. Steven Whittaker, Norwich City

Whittaker moved away from the former Scottish Champions for free last summer. He found his way to Norwich City, where he appeared 12 times at right-back.

He even scored a goal from defence for the Canaries in a 4-3 win over Swansea. 

The Scot will be keen to make more appearances in his second season in England.

3. Sone Aluko, Hull City

Sone Aluko was only in his first season at Rangers when their troubles began, but he was one of the stars for the club, despite all the problems in the background. The Nigerian scored 12 times in 21 league appearances and that sparked interest from Hull City who picked him on a free transfer.

Aluko played 23 times, scoring eight goals, as Hull earned promotion to the Premier League. After that impressive season, he should expect to make a few appearances in the top division even after new talent arrives.

2. Steven Davis, Southampton

Yet another Steven to leave the troubled Ibrox side for the riches of the Premier League. This Steven made the move to newly-promoted Southampton and an impressive 32 league appearances as the Saints exceeded expectations to finish 14th.

The Northern Irishman even netted a couple of goals (both against Manchester City), cementing his place as a fan's favourite as well as a solid midfielder.

1. Allan McGregor, Hull City

The Scotland number 1's journey to the Premier League took a slightly different route to those of his former Ibrox teammates. McGregor left Scotland for Turkey and Besiktas rather than the Premier League, but will be starting the 2013/14 season along with Sone Aluko at Hull after a £1.8 million move.

He started 27 games and earned six clean sheets in the Turkish Super League as Besiktas finished third. 

That experience could be vital as he prepares to face the world-class strikers of the Premier League and keep Hull City in the top flight for another season. 

 

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