When Rangers signed Todd Cantwell in January, one of the concerns from some elements of the support was that he would be a luxury player – how wrong they were.

Almost insantly, once the former Norwich City midfielder was up to speed, he was perpetual motion, covering every blade of grass and working just as hard out of possession as in it.

Another fine display against a step up in opponent has seen the Rangers Review’s former editor Jonny McFarlane place high praise indeed on Todd Cantwell.

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Michael Beale hinted that Jose Cifuentes, Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell were acquired for a combined and paltry £2m in the build-up to the PSV encounter.

If it’s true, Rangers and the recruitment team deserve a massive pat on the back.

Previous reports had suggested that Rangers had paid around £1.5m for Todd Cantwell and even that is a bargain.

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Writing on X, McFarlane has gone one better in his analysis of the 25-year old with a huge claim:

“Rangers are looking a lot more promising.

“Dessers still not firing but looking much sharper.

“Matondo reborn.

“Butland is a massive upgrade.

“Cantwell has been one of the bargain signings of the last decade.

“PSV are a really good team, especially in the midfield.”

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First of all, the potential is definitely there but there is one thing fundamentally missing – silverware.

Rangers will have to start winning trophies and league titles with Todd Cantwell leading the way for McFarlane’s claim to be easier to justify.

There can certainly be no individual complaints about his individual performances though and Michael Beale not starting him for the season opener against Kilmarnock remains a mystery.

Whatever the real fee paid, McFarlane has a point, rarely have we spent so little and received someone in return who instantly appreciates what he has, who he is playing for and lifts those around him.

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