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.
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.
Some players refuse to play after a month of ‘transfer gate’ check out this guy who scores the winner, wins the penalty and celebrates with that face.... he ain’t been in the game that long, he started from the bottom and he’s loving every minute⚽️ https://t.co/6eaPO0iAyd— Tom Tonks ⚽ (@tommytonks_8) September 9, 2018
He’s a legend— Blackpool fan (@frankiemillie10) September 10, 2018
Just about calmed down after a breathless afternoon at Bloomfield Road. Always great to commentate on games like that @965RadioWave. Brilliant team performance from @BlackpoolFC, led superbly by @Jay8Spearing & is there anything Tiltinio @CurtisTilt can't do? #AnnounceTerry !— Dave Salmon (@dpsalmon) September 8, 2018
@CurtisTilt top top match today ! Thanks from me and my young lads !!! Well done— Si Cox (@sicox) September 8, 2018