Did health impact Matt Crooks chances at Rangers?
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Did health impact Matt Crooks chances at Rangers?

When Matt Crooks joined Rangers, there was real hope the lanky midfielder could make an impression at Ibrox.

Joining from Accrington Stanley alongside Josh Windass, he never quite made the impression or had the game time his pal did.

But was there a deeper reason for that? Matt Crooks spoke in the press this week about how battle with epilepsy. And how his last seizure struck when he was en route to Auchenhowie in a taxi.

Stress a “trigger” for Crooks

Playing for Rangers is obviously a high-pressure job. So much intrusion, very little privacy and a hell of a lot of expectancy.

Playing for Rangers the season Crooks did must’ve been this intensified.

Under Warburton the Gers toiled in the top league, and Crooks struggled to make an impression due to injury. The midfielder quote stress as a trigger for his epilepsy, as well as alcohol and a lack of sleep.

Matt Crooks only made three appearances for Rangers but he’s a key fixture of the Northampton Town team. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

He was on good form speaking to the BBC about the incident. Crooks said: “Obviously I don’t know what happened but I remember waking up in the changing room and the lads being around me and just being in and out of it.

“I think I made the taxi driver panic a little bit but he was kind enough to give me a free fare, so every cloud.

“I try not to let it affect my life, really – I try to just live as normal as possible.”

Wish the Northampton player all the best

It didn’t quite happen for Crooks at Rangers and the fact he is now plying his trade at Northampton in League Two instead of Ibrox means there will always be questions over his ability. Was he actually ever good enough to make it here?

Josh Windass joined Rangers from Accrington Stanley alongside Crooks but went on to have a bigger impact at Ibrox. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Suffering from epilepsy is obviously a huge part of Crooks life. It could well have had an impact on how he settled and performed in Glasgow.

Anyway, Rangers fans wish him all the best with his career and with his help.

I also doubt he regrets leaving half as much as this man.