Unrecognisable ex-Rangers star unemployed aged 27 as he’s left without club five days after transfer closes

HE lit-up Scottish football as a teenager with a piece of outrageous skill on his debut. But now at the age of 27, this former Rangers winger finds himself without a club. Keith Campbell - The Sun GlasgowHe caused a stir on his Rangers debut[/caption] The summer of 2015 was a busy one at Ibrox as new manager Mark Warburton overhauled the playing squad. Rangers were coming-off the back of a hugely disappointing campaign where they’d failed to achieve promotion back to the Premiership and they knew it had to be done this time around. An almost entirely new team was built, with Warburton’s revolution spearheaded by the likes of current Gers skipper James Tavernier, goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, prolific striker Martyn Waghorn and boyhood fan Andy Halliday. One player you have forgotten from the early stages of the campaign is Nathan Oduwa. He was one of two players snapped-up on loan from Tottenham for the season, along with Dominic Ball. Oduwa, then aged 19, arrived at Ibrox on August 14 and two days later made his debut against Alloa. Introduced as a 61st minute substitute, the winger showed flashes of brilliance. In particular, an extravagant rainbow flick caught the eye. The move saw him flick the ball up and over his own head and then Alloa’s Colin Hamilton with an audacious piece of skill. Reaction to it wasn’t all positive, however. Hamilton accused Oduwa of “taking the p***” and Gers boss Warburton was forced to defend the player. Several years later, Gers teammate Waghorn revealed how the whole situation had dented Oduwa’s his confidence and left him reluctant to show-off his skills. Waghorn said: “Nathan was a very gifted footballer with a lot of skills. He was very direct. “To be honest, he lost a bit of confidence. There was one game when he did a rainbow flick and he got a lot of stick for that around Scotland.   “That affected him. Afterwards, he was a bit more reluctant to showcase what he could do.” Although if a recent compilation on Instagram, posted by Oduwa himself, is anything to by, he has rediscovered that flair! Oduwa’s loan spell didn’t end up lasting the full season and it was cut short half-way through prior to the Gers signing Michael O’Halloran. He made a total of 19 appearances for the Light Blues in all competitions, scoring once in a 4-0 rout of Dumbarton. Oduwa subsequently joined Colchester on a short one-month loan but made just a couple of substitute appearances. He then had another loan spell with Peterborough the following season, but made just nine sub appearances for the Posh. Oduwa moved on permanently from Spurs in 2017 and has been all across Europe since. He penned a three-year deal with Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia, and went on to become a league champion in his first season. However, Oduwa’s contract was terminated after just a year and he joined Danish Superliga club Velje Boldklub on another three-year deal in September 2018. That contract lasted even less time and it was terminated just three months later with Oduwa having appeared just three times. In January 2019, having been on trial at Livingston, he signed for Israeli side Hapoel Hadera and spent five months with the club. After a spell without a team, during which time he spent time on trial with the likes of Swansea City, he joined League of Ireland champions Dundalk, making 10 appearances. Oduwa then had another spell out of the game, before being signed up by Azerbaijani side Kesla – later known as Shamakhni – in February 2022. He moved on again the subsequent summer joining another club in the country, Turan Tovuz. There, he enjoyed his most successful season for some time, scoring five times in 28 games. Despite finally finding regular football, Oduwa left the club in the summer when his contract expired. It means at the age of 27, the former England and Nigeria youth international is now searching for what would be a TWELFTH club of his career. Oduwa is also looking rather different to his Gers days. Sporting a short haircut and trimmed goatee beard upon signing for the Ibrox club, the winger now sports long hair which he keeps tied up during games. Eight years on from his Gers spell, he also sports a much longer beard. In 2018, Oduwa spoke of his fondness of his brief spell at Rangers. He said: “I’d love to return to Rangers as I really enjoyed my time in Scotland. If that is a possibility, I would certainly jump at the chance of a return to Ibrox. “Rangers still hold a special place in my heart. “Playing for Rangers was the first time I burst onto the scene in football. “It was a really good time for my career and the club. I’d love Rangers to be an option on the table.” Oduwa spent time with Dundalk in the Republic of IrelandSportsfile Keith Campbell - The Sun GlasgowHe looks rather different from his time at Rangers[/caption] Keep up to date with ALL the latest news

Unrecognisable ex-Rangers star  unemployed aged 27 as he’s left without club five days after transfer closes

HE lit-up Scottish football as a teenager with a piece of outrageous skill on his debut.

But now at the age of 27, this former Rangers winger finds himself without a club.

Keith Campbell - The Sun Glasgow
He caused a stir on his Rangers debut[/caption]

The summer of 2015 was a busy one at Ibrox as new manager Mark Warburton overhauled the playing squad.

Rangers were coming-off the back of a hugely disappointing campaign where they’d failed to achieve promotion back to the Premiership and they knew it had to be done this time around.

An almost entirely new team was built, with Warburton’s revolution spearheaded by the likes of current Gers skipper James Tavernier, goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, prolific striker Martyn Waghorn and boyhood fan Andy Halliday.

One player you have forgotten from the early stages of the campaign is Nathan Oduwa.

He was one of two players snapped-up on loan from Tottenham for the season, along with Dominic Ball.

Oduwa, then aged 19, arrived at Ibrox on August 14 and two days later made his debut against Alloa.

Introduced as a 61st minute substitute, the winger showed flashes of brilliance.

In particular, an extravagant rainbow flick caught the eye.

The move saw him flick the ball up and over his own head and then Alloa’s Colin Hamilton with an audacious piece of skill.

Reaction to it wasn’t all positive, however.

Hamilton accused Oduwa of “taking the p***” and Gers boss Warburton was forced to defend the player.

Several years later, Gers teammate Waghorn revealed how the whole situation had dented Oduwa’s his confidence and left him reluctant to show-off his skills.

Waghorn said: “Nathan was a very gifted footballer with a lot of skills. He was very direct.

“To be honest, he lost a bit of confidence. There was one game when he did a rainbow flick and he got a lot of stick for that around Scotland.  

“That affected him. Afterwards, he was a bit more reluctant to showcase what he could do.”

Although if a recent compilation on Instagram, posted by Oduwa himself, is anything to by, he has rediscovered that flair!

Oduwa’s loan spell didn’t end up lasting the full season and it was cut short half-way through prior to the Gers signing Michael O’Halloran.

He made a total of 19 appearances for the Light Blues in all competitions, scoring once in a 4-0 rout of Dumbarton.

Oduwa subsequently joined Colchester on a short one-month loan but made just a couple of substitute appearances.

He then had another loan spell with Peterborough the following season, but made just nine sub appearances for the Posh.

Oduwa moved on permanently from Spurs in 2017 and has been all across Europe since.

He penned a three-year deal with Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia, and went on to become a league champion in his first season.

However, Oduwa’s contract was terminated after just a year and he joined Danish Superliga club Velje Boldklub on another three-year deal in September 2018.

That contract lasted even less time and it was terminated just three months later with Oduwa having appeared just three times.

In January 2019, having been on trial at Livingston, he signed for Israeli side Hapoel Hadera and spent five months with the club.

After a spell without a team, during which time he spent time on trial with the likes of Swansea City, he joined League of Ireland champions Dundalk, making 10 appearances.

Oduwa then had another spell out of the game, before being signed up by Azerbaijani side Kesla – later known as Shamakhni – in February 2022.

He moved on again the subsequent summer joining another club in the country, Turan Tovuz.

There, he enjoyed his most successful season for some time, scoring five times in 28 games.

Despite finally finding regular football, Oduwa left the club in the summer when his contract expired.

It means at the age of 27, the former England and Nigeria youth international is now searching for what would be a TWELFTH club of his career.

Oduwa is also looking rather different to his Gers days.

Sporting a short haircut and trimmed goatee beard upon signing for the Ibrox club, the winger now sports long hair which he keeps tied up during games.

Eight years on from his Gers spell, he also sports a much longer beard.

In 2018, Oduwa spoke of his fondness of his brief spell at Rangers.

He said: “I’d love to return to Rangers as I really enjoyed my time in Scotland. If that is a possibility, I would certainly jump at the chance of a return to Ibrox.

“Rangers still hold a special place in my heart.

“Playing for Rangers was the first time I burst onto the scene in football.

“It was a really good time for my career and the club. I’d love Rangers to be an option on the table.”

Oduwa spent time with Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland
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Keith Campbell - The Sun Glasgow
He looks rather different from his time at Rangers[/caption]

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