The former Rangers player was allowed to leave Ibrox 12 months before Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager.
Just 10 months after leaving Rangers, Matt Crooks found himself relegated to England’s fourth division.
But the career of the player brought to and then loaned out of Ibrox by Mark Warburton two seasons ago appears to be on the rise again.
From hereon in this campaign, Crooks will be play Championship football for Rotherham United.
It follows a stellar five months in Northampton colours, in which the 24-year-old scored five goals in 22 appearances from central midfield – despite the Cobblers’ struggles.
Indeed, after his transfer to Rotherham was announced on Friday evening, Crooks was described by Northampton’s local paper as one of his former club’s ‘most influential players’ and is said to have attracted bids from several sides before heading back to his native Yorkshire.
And although Rangers are unlikely to kick themselves over Crooks’ exit, there is perhaps a case for saying that his spell at Ibrox came a couple of years too soon.
Why did Crooks seem to struggle so much at Rangers?