Wolfsburg defender Kevin Mbabu spent the second half of 2014-15 at Newcastle United on loan with the Rangers but never made a single appearance for the light blues.
The 26-year-old was never accepted into the Rangers roster and has revealed that it hurt him.
Mbabu will play with the Bundesliga club in the Champions League next season and already attracted attention at Euro 2020.
The Swiss international made an impressive move in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Wales and thought about his horror loan period at Ibrox.
“The club told me that we and four others had the opportunity to go on loan to the Rangers and help them get back to the top division,” Mbabu told The Athletic.
“I thought, ‘I have to play men’s football and gain experience.’ I was happy to go.
“It was pretty difficult for all of us. It was annoying not even sitting on the bench, but actually it was a positive loan.
“My injury got better because a physiotherapist there really focused on my groin problem and I played for the reserve – for the first time in two years I played football regularly.”
Rangers were in the championship after winning Scottish League One in 2013-14, but finished third in 2014-15, missing a dream return to the Premiership.
Kenny McDowall had replaced Ally McCoist as manager when Mbabu arrived but didn’t think the youngster was good enough.
Stuart McCall finally took over from McDowall in March 2015, but a change in the coaching bench did nothing to change the fate of the Swiss at the Rangers.
Mbabu joined Ibrox on loan with Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson.
However, only Vuckic played in the Scottish Championship, while the others struggled to force their way into the first team.
The Light Blues eventually secured promotion under Mark Warburton in 2015-16 after leading the league and winning the Premiership title in 2020-21.
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