Rangers spent £2 million in the summer to sign the Albanian winger Eris Grezda from Osijek. The 23-year-old was brought to Ibrox to add some attacking impetus to Steven Gerrard’s team and has had to bide his time for opportunities so far. However, he has recently scored his first goals for the club, bagging two against Motherwell in the 7-1 win last weekend.
He then went off on international duty, where he would face off against the country of his employment, Scotland.
It was not an enjoyable occasion for Albania as Scotland, inspired by Celtic stars, thrashed them 4-0 in Shkoder.
However, one player who did impress for Albania was Grezda.
He gave right-back Callum Paterson a torrid time during the fixture and will feel disappointed with the way the game ended.
“Grezda was a handful, but you have to look after yourself, and I didn’t really do that in the first 15-20 minutes.”
Cardiff City utility man Paterson, who was a transfer target for Rangers under both Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha, admitted himself that Grezda gave him hell in the game.
Paterson is an extremely talented right-back, even if he has been playing as a midfielder in recent times. Rangers fans know that from his time with Hearts so hearing Grezda had him sweating is a testament to his ability.
Rangers fans will hope he can continue that form when Albania face Wales in Elbasan this week. If he can then continue that form into Steven Gerrard’s team, fans at Ibrox will be very happy.