Things could have been very different for Rangers if they had signed Harry Winks on loan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton before the match

Could the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder have kept Mark Warburton in a job at Glasgow Rangers?

Tottenham's Harry Winks celebrates scoring their first goal

As reported by the Daily Record back in March 2016, then-Rangers manager Mark Warburton was keen to bring Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Winks to Ibrox on loan.

Unfortunately for the Gers and their former boss, he was unable to seal a deal for the exciting academy product, and when you consider just how well Winks has done for Tottenham this season you cannot help but wonder what might have been if he had enjoyed a temporary spell in Scotland.

Winks had only been seen sporadically in the Tottenham first-team when Rangers came calling. However 12 months on he is a regular in Spurs’ match day squad and his outstanding performances have earned him a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane.

This season Winks has already racked up 30 appearances for Tottenham and there is no doubt he would have been an instant hit at Rangers, ensuring plenty more points in the process.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing in football, but if you ask any Tottenham fan how good Winks is, the vast majority will speak of a youngster with the potential to become a future great.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton before the match

It is no wonder Warburton tried to bring him to Rangers and no wonder Tottenham refused.

If things had worked out differently, the 21-year-old is the kind of player who could have kept Warburton in a job, inspiring victories that would have ensured the gap between Rangers and Celtic was considerably less. But then that is football, and sometimes the players you miss out on are just as important as the ones you sign.

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