New Rangers signing Todd Cantwell has never appeared one for convention and the ex-Norwich City kid has defied one as old as the 1970s in taking his new Ibrox kit number.
The 24-year-old midfielder has turned heads by signing on at Rangers after a stagnant few seasons at Norwich were preceded by £50m transfer links to the top of the English game.
There’s still plenty of time for the midfielder to make an impression and now Todd Cantwell has taken the number 13 kit at Rangers as he looks to get his career back on track.
But if you’re scratching your head trying to think of Ibrox stars of yore who’ve wore the jersey – with the number 13 traditionally “unlucky for some” – the only names you’ll likely be able to remember are goalkeepers.
That’s right; Todd Cantwell has become the first outfield player for 50 years to wear the number 13 kit at Rangers.
As detailed by Transfermarkt, goalkeeper Andy Firth was the last man to wear the shirt, with Wes Foderingham, Neil Alexander, Antti Niemi, Theo Snelders, Colin Scott, Billy Thomson and Nicky Walker – all of whom are goalkeepers – coming before him.
In fact, you need to go back to winger Graham Fyfe (72/73) for the last time an outfield player wore the kit number at Rangers, with Swedish midfielder Orjan Persson and forward Alex Smith also donning the top.
Todd Cantwell explains Rangers kit number choice
Traditionally considered an unlucky number, Todd Cantwell has spoken about his kit number choice at a press conference and the confident midfielder reckons it’s never done by Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller any harm.
“Well, has it been unlucky for Thomas Muller?” Todd Cantwell asked [Rangers].
“I don’t think it’s been too unlucky for him!
”I was number 14 at Norwich for a separate reason and coming here, looking at the squad list and the numbers, I thought I want to make a number for myself.
“It goes without saying that over the last few seasons I would say things haven’t gone to plan.
“I don’t believe that 13 is an unlucky number as you make your own luck.
“I am looking to make it my own and to have people remember it.”
Meanwhile, one report has been detailing how much Rangers reportedly paid to sign Todd Cantwell in January.