Louis Moult’s admission that we was flattered by Rangers’ interest just isn’t enough. The truth is that he should’ve been a Gers player.
The Englishman had a highly prolific career at Motherwell, scoring 49 club goals over the course of a two-and-a-half-year spell in North Lanarkshire. He impressed everyone with his goal record and all-round game.
Added to that, he was a consistent thorn in Rangers’ side. He managed to bag five against the Gers alone during his time at Fir Park. His most famous outing came in the 2-0 Betfred Cup semi-final win over Rangers last season – notching a brace.
His form was better than that of summer-signing Kyle Lafferty and last January’s signing Jason Cummings. Preston soon snapped him up in January 2018 for an extremely modest £500k transfer fee.
For a player such as Moult, he should never have been going for such a small sum of money. But Motherwell’s need for cash combined with the little time remaining on his contract, the Steelmen had no choice.
The truth is, however, that he should’ve been a Rangers player. He was a proven Premiership goalscorer up here, and could do damage to any team in the division.
Moult could score against anyone in Scotland
Celtic had also had their troubles dealing with one of Scottish football’s biggest pests in Moult.
It was perhaps the most obvious signing the club could’ve made in January. Instead, the likes of Cummings was brought in and failed to do anything outside of showing everyone his hand tattoo.
Now, Preston are reaping the rewards with the Englishman. He’s coming into a bit of form with a couple of goals in his last four games, having made 20 appearances in total for the season.
Moult claimed that he was “buzzing” and up for the move to Ibrox. That tells you everything you need to know about whether the player would’ve made the move. He was waiting on Rangers to make a formal offer but nothing ever came of it.
Now? Rangers have Lafferty and Umar Sadiq in reserve going forward, when it could’ve been Moult.
A big chance missed for Rangers, and Moult’s admission of interest should make it harder for the club to swallow.