Blackpool boss explains leaving Rangers linked Curtis Tilt out amid transfer speculation

Curtis Tilt of Blackpool moves with the ball past John-Joe O'Toole of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton Town at Bloomfield Road on...

Rangers and Ipswich have both been linked to Curtis Tilt.

Curtis Tilt of Blackpool in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton Town at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2018 in Blackpool, England.

Glasgow Rangers and Ipswich Town have both been linked with bids in recent weeks to Blackpool ace Curtis Tilt.

The Mirror report Steven Gerrard's side were keen on the defender, who played 45 times for the Tangerines last season.

 

Tilt was absent from Blackpool's opening League One game against Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend, with manager Gary Bowyer attributing transfer speculation.

Blackpool drew the game 0-0, with Tilt left out of the matchday squad.

Speaking the Blackpool's official website, Bowyer explained that Tilt had been left mentally exhausted by the speculation.

Curtis Tilt of Blackpool in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Blackpool at Sixfields on October 28, 2017 in Northampton, England.

He said: "It’s human nature, it takes a lot out of you mentally. When you’re being linked constantly and there’s been negotiations toing and froing, from what I understand, he just looked a bit mentally drained from it all.

"You can’t be that going into today’s game. He’s been no problem, and I understand his situation, but I had to make a call for the good of the team."

Bowyer did not clarify whether he considers the transfer speculation over and done with, or when he expects Tilt to return.

Their clean sheet without Tilt was impressive and if the right fee comes in, perhaps Blackpool have been left more willing to sell after seeing what they are capable without him.

Curtis Tilt of Blackpool moves with the ball past John-Joe O'Toole of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton Town at Bloomfield Road on...

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