Scottish midfielder Lewis MacLeod left Rangers amid their off-field troubles back in January 2015. He signed English Championship side Brentford in a deal worth around £850,000. It was a move he was reticent to make, considering his love for the Ibrox club. However, he made the move, considering the problems at the Glasgow club.
It came after he had helped the club rise from the Third Division in Scotland up to the Championship after they had previously plummeted due to financial issues.
“When you’re a Rangers fan, it’s hard to let go and I’ve never experienced anything else in football up to now.
“I definitely wasn’t eager to get out the door but when the opportunity came, with everything that was happening outside football at the club, I leant towards moving away.
“I’d love to go back to Rangers later in my career.”
The move away from Rangers has failed to be an immediate success.
He arrived at Brentford with a hamstring problem which never truly healed. Falling down a rabbit hole did not help.
It was not until 13 months after signing for Brentford that he made his debut. Two weeks later he suffered knee ligament damage which plagued him for months. In his first two-and-a-half seasons at Griffin Park, he played just 14 times.
But last season he showed some better form and even scored his first goal for the club. Yesterday, MacLeod started Brentford’s opening game of the season and showed just why Rangers had such high hopes for him as a youngster. The midfielder was excellent in the fixture. He scored one, bagged an assist and had a deflected shot turned home by Neal Maupay as Brentford beat Rotherham United 5-1.
Rangers were left gutted when MacLeod left and many were disappointed with his decision to leave. However, watching his promising career suffer the way it has will not please any Ibrox fan.
Hopefully, this can be the start of a renaissance for a player who openly admits he would like to return to Glasgow and his beloved Rangers one day.