Man United attacker Jesse Lingard, who was linked with Rangers ahead of the January transfer window, is on fire after a loan switch to Premier League side West Ham United.
Lingard came through the youth system at United and has won multiple major honours with the English giants.
He’s made 210 first-team appearances for the Old Trafford club but had slipped down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and had only made three appearances this season prior to the opening of the winter transfer window.
The England international was clearly in need of game time and Rangers were linked with his signature.
TEAMtalk reported in December that the Gers and Celtic were interested as well as half a dozen Premier League sides and multiple other clubs across Europe.
The links weren’t overly well received by Rangers fans and it always seemed unlikely to happen, not least because of Lingard’s substantial wage expectations.
The pacy 28-year-old eventually managed to seal a loan move to West Ham, though, and he has proven plenty of people wrong with a series of outstanding performances since the transfer.
Many thought Lingard wouldn’t be able to make an impact at another English top-flight club, but he’s played a big part in an outstanding run of form for David Moyes’ side, who are currently fourth in the league above the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Man United loanee scored a brace on his Hammers debut in a 3-1 win at Aston Villa and recently netted in a triumph over Spurs, as well as notching assists against Sheffield United and Manchester City.
West Ham have only lost once – to the Citizens – since Lingard’s arrival and he’s already established himself as a fan favourite at the London club.
A switch to Rangers may always have been unlikely for Lingard, but another Premier League player with more concrete connections to Ibrox may be regretting not forcing through a transfer during the winter window.