FFF Twente FSTAIR PARK will be the venue for a bona fide glamour friendly on Saturday 8 July, as longtime "football friends" FC Twente bring their first team to Wigtownshire.

However, the men from Enschede won't be the first 'Tukkers' to set foot on Scotland's green pastures.

In this week's Five for Friday, we meet 5 former FC Twente players who graced Scottish football.
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Ronald de Boer

The older twin brother of former Ajax, Netherlands and Inter Milan manager Frank, Ronald de Boer played for Rangers between 2000 and 2004.

Picked up by the Ajax youth programme in 1983, the Dutchman made his first team debut for the Amsterdam side in 1988. Honours soon followed, as Ajax won the Eredivisie title in 1989/90, but de Boer would move on to FC Twente in 1991, scoring 22 goals in 49 appearances.

De Boer made his first international appearance in 1993, and went on to score 13 goals for his country across 67 caps.

Returning to Ajax under future Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, de Boer would have his most successful spell as a player, winning three consecutive Eredivisie titles, and scooping the Champions League, Intercontinental Cup and Super Cup in 1995.

After an Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double in 1997/98 under new manager Morten Olsen, both De Boer twins would leave Ajax under a dark cloud amidst a contract dispute, joining Van Gaal again at Barcelona. His time at the Nou Camp was not a happy one, and in 2000, he chose to join the growing Dutch contingent at Rangers under Dick Advocaat - including Bert Konterman, Fernando Ricksen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and fellow FC Twente alumnus Arthur Numan.

Ronald made a stunning debut, scoring one of Rangers' 5 goals in a sumptuous display against Sturm Graz in the Champions League. However, a recurring knee injury would limit his impact at Ibrox, despite a fine 2002/03 in which the 'Gers won the domestic treble, with de Boer scoring 19 and creating many more.

His brother Frank eventually joined him in Glasgow in January 2004, but the twins would play together just 8 times before moving to Qatar after Euro 2004.

Ronald has since followed the younger de Boer into coaching, and is now part of the same youth setup at Ajax which kickstarted his career.
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Michael Mols

Another product of the Ajax youth system to call Ibrox his home, Michael Mols is remembered fondly by Rangers fans, and for very good reason.

Mols never made an appearance for the Ajax first team, instead moving on to second-tier side Cambuur Leeuwarden, who he helped achieve promotion to the Eredivisie in 1992.

The striker spent three years at FC Twente, where he made a century of appearances, and a further three at fellow Dutch side Utrecht, before moving overseas to Rangers in 1999.

Mols' spectacular goal rate of 9 goals in his first 9 SPL games was a fitting introduction, and indeed at Rangers his record was just shy of a goal every other game.

Much like Ronald de Boer, his Rangers career was undermined by a serious knee injury, but he battled back to fitness to score 13 times in 27 matches en route to the 2002/03 SPL title, including a vital winner against Celtic in December 2002.

Returning to his native land, Mols drifted from club to club, before retiring for good in 2009 after a spell as cover for Roy Makaay at Feyenoord.
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Theo Snelders

A larger than life goalkeeper who made his name with Aberdeen and Rangers in the SPL, Theo Snelders started his career with the 'Tukkers' back in the early 80s, making over 200 appearances.

Snelders was brought in at Pittodrie as a replacement for Dons and Scotland legend Jim Leighton, who had joined former boss Ferguson at Manchester United for a then-astronomical fee of £500,000.

Whilst Leighton's United career bombed due to erratic form, Snelders made the number one jersey his at Aberdeen.

He was voted Aberdeen's Player of the Year in 1989, the first goalkeeper and foreigner to win the award, and was one of the heroes in the 1990 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, saving Anton Rogan's penalty, before Brian Irvine slotted away the winning spot kick.

Moving on to Rangers in 1996, he made just 20 appearances, and returned home to the Netherlands in 1999 with MVV.

Snelders would later become goalkeeping coach at FC Twente.
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Dedryck Boyata

The towering Belgian international centre half is no stranger to Scottish Premiership aficionados.

Initially signed by ex Celtic boss Ronny Deila for £1.5million, Boyata has started to show signs of the player he could be under new coach Brendan Rodgers.

Prior to his time in Glasgow, Manchester City was the proving ground for a young Boyata, who made his first appearance in a City shirt against Middlesbrough in 2010.

With first team opportunities limited, he was shipped out on loan - initially to fellow Lancashire side Bolton Wanderers, then to our friends at FC Twente in 2012.

He made 8 appearances in Enschede, returning to his parent club again in January 2013.

As City romped to the league title in 2013/14, Boyata only featured once in the league all season. Little surprise then that when Celtic offered a 4 year contract in June 2015, he jumped at the chance to move to Glasgow.

Boyata was singled out for criticism as the Celtic Park side leaked goals at the start of the 2015/16 season, and will look to impress under Rodgers.

scottboothScott Booth

The only man on this list to manage against Stranraer, former Scotland striker Scott Booth also has quite the playing pedigree.

Starting out at hometown club Aberdeen, he made a name for himself as part of the Dons side which came within a whisker of winning the league title in 1990/91.

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund came calling in 1997, with the German side looking to emulate the success of fellow Scot Paul Lambert. However, despite the appeal of Champions League football, Booth was frustrated by the lack of playing time and went out on loan.

At Dutch club FC Utrecht, he scored 5 goals in 14 games to secure a place in the Scotland squad for France '98, the national team's last foray to a tournament.

Following another loan spell in the Netherlands, this time at Vitesse Arnhem, he left Dortmund completely to settle in Enschede at FC Twente.

He would become a fan favourite with the Tukkers support, helping the side to a KNVB Cup triumph in 2001 in which he scored a vital penalty in the shootout.

Booth's career came full circle when he landed back at Aberdeen for 2003/04, and despite being Dons' top scorer for the campaign, his time at Pittodrie was cut short by injury and he called time on his career at the end of his contract, aged just 32.

A spell as a broadcaster for Setanta Sports was followed by national obligations once more as Scotland Under 15 assistant manager, before taking the job at Stranraer's League One rivals Stenhousemuir in February 2014.

He would be relieved of his duties almost exactly a year later, after a less than stellar record, and has since taken the helm at Glasgow City ladies, leading them to domestic honours.

Honourable mentions

Some other FC Twente alumni to have played in Scotland include Arthur Numan, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Daniel Majstorovic.

The current 'Tukkers' side has a wealth of international stars, and of course, we'll have more on them in the coming weeks and months.

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)