'He's unbelievable'; Blackpool manager's previous Curtis Tilt comments explain Rangers interest

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers have reportedly targeted Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt as an alternative to Jake Cooper.

Jake Cooper of Millwall celebrates scoring a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Millwall FC at KCOM Stadium on March 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Rangers appear to be going all out to sign Millwall’s Jake Cooper (above) this summer. But with the Championship side unwilling to sell their giant centre-back, the Scottish Premiership giants have identified an alternative – Blackpool’s Curtis Tilt.

It is understood by the Scottish Sun that the 26-year-old features on a list of alternative targets and he would certainly come cheaper than Cooper.

Rangers have made a take-it-or-leave it £3 million bid for Cooper, while Tilt, who has just one year left on his contract, is understood to be valued at around £1 million by his League One employers.

But why are Rangers keen to bring the 6ft 3ins powerhouse to Ibrox? Perhaps these quotes from Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer should explain why Tilt, who has already been the subject of a bid from Ipswich Town, is a man in demand.

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.

“"Not at all, with the level of performance he's got. With his pace, I think we've seen once or twice that he's unbelievable,” Bowyer said in quotes reported by the BBC during last season, when asked whether Tilt would play in League One for long.

“His potential is enormous - for me, he can go as high as he wants.”

Regan Poole of Northampton Town contests the ball with Curtis Tilt and Armand Gnanduillet of Blackpool during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton Town at...

As high as, say, one of the biggest and most historic clubs in British football?

Interestingly, Tilt had never played a game of professional football until he signed for Blackpool last summer, having spent his career in non-league with the likes of Wrexham, Telford and Hednesford Town.

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