Rangers-linked midfielder Joe Rothwell scored a brilliant winner for high-flying Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Gers were first credited with interest in Rothwell by the Scottish Sun in October, who claimed the Premiership champions were leading a multi-club race to snap up the Englishman.

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With his deal running down, a pre-contract agreement was mooted, and then later that month, Football League World reported that a deal with the Gers was ‘almost certain’.

However, earlier this month, Football Insider reported that Bournemouth were trying to swoop in front of Rangers to snap up the 27-year-old in the current window for a seven-figure fee.

It doesn’t seem like the speculation is affecting Rothwell on the pitch, though, as he continues to be influential for a Blackburn side who are exceeding expectations this season.

Rangers-linked Rothwell scores impressive winner

On Saturday afternoon, Rovers stretched their unbeaten run in the league to ten matches with their eighth win in that time and the Gers-linked man was the hero.

In the 14th minute, he picked up the ball near the halfway line and surged into the space in front of him before guiding an excellent finish into the bottom right corner from 25 yards out.

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It was his second goal in his last three outings and third of the season to go alongside seven assists.

Blackburn had Ryan Nyambe sent off in the 76th minute but they held on for the victory and now sit level on points with second-placed Bournemouth and just two points behind leaders Fulham, although the Cottagers have a game in hand.

It’ll be interesting to see if Rothwell’s strong form convinces the Gers to try to bring him to Ibrox this month or if he ends up staying put in England, either to help Rovers’ surprise promotion push or to join rivals Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, an exciting young talent scored a brace as Rangers B snatched a draw late on in the Lowland League.

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