Rangers’ name was bizarrely thrown into the mix for Matty Willock this summer.
Rangers fans most likely wouldn’t have batted and eyelid when Gillingham snapped up midfielder Matty Willock over the summer.
Willock had been released by Manchester United having completed a loan spell with League Two side Crawley Town, the fourth loan spell of his career.
Willock spent time with Utrecht, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Crawley Town before becoming a free agent, but he quickly found himself a new club on June 13th.
Gillingham announced that they had beaten off major competition to sign Willock, even claiming he had snubbed Rangers in order to make the move to Kent on a free transfer.
That seemed a little strange; Willock hadn’t even enjoyed huge success in Scotland with St Johnsone or St Mirren, so Rangers suddenly wanting him after a stint with Crawley seemed a little hard to believe.
Rangers ended up signing two new midfielders instead as Joe Aribo and Andy King arrived, but how is Wlilock faring since Gillingham made their claim about beating Rangers?
Willock has played just once for Gillingham, and that was back in August as he started against Bolton before being brought off at half time, with no league appearances since then.
Willock endured hamstring issues in pre-season (Kent Online), and then suffered a recurrence of that hamstring problem, meaning his Gillingham career currently stands at just 45 minutes played.
Gillingham probably can’t wait to get him back fit, but Rangers will certainly feel that Aribo was the better signing, if they ever were interested in Willock, as Gillingham boldly claimed.