Should Glasgow Rangers consider bringing Blackpool centre-half Curtis Tilt to Ibrox, if Steven Gerrard fails to sign reported top target John Souttar?
I don’t want the Gers to sign the 22-year-old Hearts defender Souttar, due to him agreeing to stay at Tynecastle until June 2022, and Nikola Katic is better.
Centre-half Tilt was linked with a move to Rangers in January and could well be an excellent alternative.
He has a fabulous physical presence, which is very important in the rough and tumble nature of the SPFL, and as a huge bonus, he is left-footed.
In Scotland, defenders have to be good in the air and be robust enough to cope with the heavy and often unfair challenges handed out by forwards.
The tall Blackpool defender was reported to be a Rangers target when Gerrard arrived at Ibrox, but the interest seemed to fizzle out quickly.
The 27-year-old would be beneficial to Gerrard’s Rangers, especially, if he is available on a free transfer, it would be a no-brainer.
Blackpool is a League One side who signed defender Curtis Tilt from Wrexham in June 2017 on a two-year deal, which expires 30 June 2019.
In his first season he played 45 games for the Tangerines, and this season he has made 40 appearances so far scoring four goals.
It is clear that Tilt has been the mainstay of the Blackpool defence for the last two season by appearing 85 times for the Lancashire side.
The English defender even has four goals and three assists to his name which shows that he can be effective at attacking set pieces.
Gerrard has been looking for a tall, sturdy, left-sided centre back since he arrived in Glasgow, and now he has found one in Tilt, and on a pre-season-contract.
Rangers signed four defenders – Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Gareth McAuley and Nottingham Forest loanee Joe Worrall – and have used all four this term.
Rangers are expecting Gerrard to go after another centre-back or even two this summer, as McAuley is injured easily now and Worrall was only on loan for a season.
On occasions Goldson has not been as reliable as normal, but he still seems to be a favourite of Gerrard and his other Rangers coaches at the club.
It’s fairly clear that Tilt would really welcome the opportunity to play for a giant Scottish team, who play in front of 51,000 crowds every other week.
“I want to go as high as I can, as quick as I can. I’ve heard about Rangers and the thought of Steven Gerrard being interested is amazing. It would be great to play for him,” the Daily Mail quoted the defender as saying in January.
Could Tilt become another shrewd free transfer signing by the Glasgow club?