By Danny Wright
Jon Toral claims that playing for Rangers is up there among his career highlights – despite playing against Barcelona hero Lionel Messi earlier this season.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Ibrox from Premier League giants Arsenal, but failed to impress the majority of fans with his displays before he was sent back to London.
It wasn’t his only loan spell of the 2016/17 season, as he spent the first half of it on temporary terms in La Liga with Granada, where he played against Messi’s Barca in October.
Granada did well to limit the Spanish giants to just a 1-0 win on that occasion, with Toral playing 77 minutes.
And now, Toral thinks that experience is up there with his time on the blue half of Glasgow.
“It’s amazing, the pitch, the crowd – it’s a special feeling,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Making my debut in the first division in Spain, playing against the best player in the world, Messi, playing in the stadium where I grew up, in Barcelona, was one of the highlights, and then making my Ibrox debut.
“It was amazing to be part of this massive club, with such history – you can tell from just sitting in the trophy room.”
Toral has never made a first-team appearance with Arsenal, but has now returned there following his stay in Scotland.
He made 15 appearances across all competitions for the Glaswegians, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
The Spaniard, who was one of Mark Warburton’s final signings at Ibrox, only played six times for Granada and scored once in a 1-0 Copa Del Rey victory over Osasuna.
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