With all the Celtic-skelping that’s gone on this weekend, you’ll forgive Rangers fans for forgetting all about those links to former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
At the time, the story very much felt sincere with even sources close to Wilshere admitting the player would consider a move to Ibrox following his release from West Ham.
Understand there have been no contact between Rangers and Jack Wilshere so far but source close to the former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder say he would be willing to consider move to Ibrox
Story running on PA wire now
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) October 10, 2020
It had some of us wondering if this was a come and get me plea of sorts to the Ibrox club.
But as we’ve seen plenty of times before, these stories can often fizzle out as fast as they appeared. See Claudio Marchisio.
The story was amplified by the fact we were in the middle of the international break with news at a premium but any suggestion we’re about to sign Wilshere has quietened down dramatically since club football restarted.
Wilshere himself said he wanted to try something different, the likes of The 4th Official claimed Rangers’ interest was legitimate, questionable sources such as Nicola Schira also believe Rangers are interested.
Even former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips claimed that Rangers were “deep in negotiations” with the player’s representatives.
The fact Rangers schooled Celtic on their own patch with several midfielders only just returning to the side will maybe have some believing we don’t need the player.
South African international Bongani Zungu was signed to play and will be expecting an opportunity in a competitive engine room which is growing in experience and confidence.
Wilshere, now 28, also needs game time after a spell on the sidelines at West Ham the midfielder insists was not down to injury.
Whilst the ex-England international would represent a significant piece of business for Rangers, do current circumstances dictate his future would be better served elsewhere?
Or would we be insane to miss out on the opportunity to sign a player of obvious ability once touted as the next big thing in British football?
We’ll likely find out in the coming week – Wilshere said last week he’d make a decision on his future within the fortnight [talkSPORT].