Scottish Premiership powerhouses Rangers were linked with Blackpool’s League One defender Curtis Tilt during the summer of 2018.

In another world, Jak Alnwick is starting between the sticks for Rangers with Curtis Tilt mopping up the danger ahead of him at centre-back. Instead, they’re forming an impressive partnership at the heart of Simon Grayson’s high-flying Blackpool.

In July 2018, the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers had turned their attention to the £1 million-rated Tilt with Millwall refusing to let the giant Jake Cooper swap the Lions’ Den for the Ibrox bear pit.

But Blackpool too refused to entertain offers for their star defender with Tilt now expected to commit his future to The Tangerines by signing a new long-term contract at Bloomfield Road (Blackpool Gazette).

Alnwick, who is starring at the League One promotion chasers during a season-long loan spell from Rangers, will surely be urging Tilt to put pen to paper after his outstanding display during Tuesday’s narrow 1-0 win away at play-off rivals Doncaster Rovers.

“Amazing. You have to give special credit to Tilty, obviously coming off the back of a mistake,” Alnwick told Blackpool’s YouTube channel, referencing Tilt’s crucial error in a 3-0 home defeat to MK Dons just a few days ago.

“He’s a great lad to have around the dressing room. He was disappointed with himself last week because he beats himself up.

“To put in a performance like he did today was amazing. The ball came to him straight from kick off and he played a brilliant ball and got us going straight away. Him, especially, was amazing.”

As it stands, the former Wrexham defender is set to become a free agent next summer and, by the time January rolls around, he could be available on a cut-price fee. But has a potential move to Rangers passed him by?

Filip Helander, George Edmundson, Nikola Katic and Conor Goldson are all fighting for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI right now but, if they were tempted to renew their interest, Alnwick would certainly give Tilt his seal of approval.

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