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Raul Tamudo, the Rangers doctor and an Espanyol fan club

It sounds like the set-up to a crap joke, and it maybe is, but there’s a humourous Rangers-related story coming from Barcelona this week...

UEFA Cup Semi Final: Espanyol v Werder Bremen Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

Remember Raul Tamudo?

The Spanish striker is a legend at Barcelona’s ‘second’ club Espanyol and in 2000 very nearly became a Rangers player but for a knee problem which Rangers discovered during his medical. After his move to Scotland fell through Tamudo went on to become an icon for Los Periquitos, making almost 400 appearances for them over 13 years with his boyhood side. At the time of the move Tamudo was a 20-year old who had just started to establish himself at Espanyol and had picked up a silver medal at that year’s Olympic Games in Sydney.

Now 38, Tamudo is the subject of a documentary by Catalan TV station TV3 looking back at his legendary career and has revealed that some Espanyol fans were so overjoyed by the decision by Rangers not to sign him the named their supporter’s club after the man who blocked the deal. The ‘Doctor Gert, Diga 23’ is named after the Rangers club doctor at the time, Dr. Gert Jan Goudswaard, and references Tamudo’s shirt number at Espanyol, 23.

The big question now is, is there a supporter’s club in Madrid named for the doctor who passed Daniel Prodan’s medical?