Player linked with Gers move earlier this season shines for new club in five-goal thriller
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Formerly Rangers linked midfielder Jack Wilshere shines for Bournemouth in five-goal thriller

Formerly Rangers linked midfielder Jack Wilshere starred for new club Bournemouth on Saturday in a five-goal thriller with Birmingham City in the Championship.

Wilshere terminated his deal at Premier League side West Ham in October and then spent several months as a free agent.

Wilshere left West Ham in search of regular playing time. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Rangers were one of the first clubs said to be interested in his signature [Daily Record] but it appears that they never made a formal approach and perhaps that’s just as well, as supporters took offence at comments made by the England international in November.


The 29-year-old expressed his desire to head overseas but eventually ended up at Bournemouth, the club that he spent the 2016/17 season at on loan from Arsenal.

Cherries fans were delighted with his capture on a short-term deal and he’s made a strong start despite the upheaval brought about by the sacking of Jason Tindall as manager.

Wilshere scored a quality goal in an FA Cup tie late last month and on Saturday, in his fourth Championship appearance since his move, he shone in a 3-2 win over Birmingham at the Vitality Stadium.

The hosts went behind early on but Wilshere helped bring them back on level terms by setting up Arnaut Danjuma’s equaliser with an excellent run and pass, before putting his side ahead with a looping header just after the hour mark.

Formerly Rangers linked Wilshere celebrates with his new teammates after scoring for Bournemouth. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Scott Hogan equalised for Birmingham less than ten minutes later but Philip Billing’s 77th-minute tap-in secured a first win in six Championship games for Bournemouth, who are sixth in the table.

Wilshere may not have been the right fit for Rangers but he looks set to be an important player for Bournemouth over the second half of the season and if he can string a run of impressive displays together without picking up an injury, a bigger move could follow for him in the summer.

One player will definitely be making the move from the Vitality Stadium to Ibrox ahead of next season and he’s made exciting comments about his upcoming Rangers transfer.

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