Rangers' one-that-got-away Curtis Tilt lauded by Blackpool fans

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers reportedly tried and failed to sign Curtis Tilt from League One Blackpool this summer.

Curtis Tilt of Blackpool during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool at New Meadow on August 18, 2018 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

Fans of crisis club Blackpool probably could not believe their eyes when August became September and Curtis Tilt was still at Bloomfield Road.

The highly-rated centre-back was linked with a move away from the North West on an almost daily basis during the summer, with Rangers allegedly very keen on his ball-playing capabilities.

The Scottish Sun reported in July that Tilt had been identified as a cheaper alternative to Millwall’s Jake Cooper as Steven Gerrard looked to bring a new defender to Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But, despite Rangers’ best efforts, the £1 million-rated man remained at Blackpool. And, with the stirring comeback against Bradford still fresh in the memory, the Tangerines faithful will be glad that he did.

Tilt certainly had a busy day against the Bantams. He gave away a clumsy penalty as Bradford stormed into a two-goal lead at Bloomfield Road but stepped up in the second half to turn the game around.

The former non-league defender won a spot-kick at the other end, as Jay Spearing drew Blackpool level before pouncing on a goalkeeping howler to slam home a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

Rangers’ loss is most certainly Blackpool’s gain.

Blackpool's Curtis Tilt celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Bradford City at Bloomfield Road on September 8, 2018 in...

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