Michael Beale’s cryptic dig at Cantwell hints Rangers deal is dead

Michael Beale’s cryptic dig at Cantwell hints Rangers deal is dead
NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Todd Cantwell of Norwich City warms up prior to the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 11, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Rangers’ attempts to sign Norwich’s Todd Cantwell appear to be dead in the water after the Championship midfielder turned his attention formally to other clubs in his current division and the Premier League, favouring remaining in England instead of joining Rangers.

Cantwell and his agent engaged in relatively positive talks with Rangers but it appears now it was nothing but lip service and his preference was to remain in England – any interest from the continent wouldn’t appeal to him at all.

Most supporters from Carrow Road have also expressed their disinterest in him, with very few feeling it’s much of a loss at all, and while he’s an exceptionally talented player, his attitude for the Canaries has been poor and the hierarchy are happy to see him move on.

Michael Beale did not address the Cantwell interest directly in today’s presser but did take a cryptic dig at him suggesting he’s not a leader and he’s a ‘filler’, hinting there were disagreements about what position Cantwell would have played at Ibrox during talks with Beale and others.

Interest in Cantwell has increased with Bournemouth said to be looking at taking him in, which would be the move he really wants – England’s top flight, the Promised Land of the Premier League, and Rangers cannot compete with what is on offer from the filthy lucre down there.

And Cantwell appears to be the very definition of a mercenary – not much different to our own Glen Kamara, attitude dumped and giving nothing to his club in favour of a big expensive shiny move to somewhere that will pay him tonnes.

Which is fine, football isn’t the longest career and we won’t resent someone for choosing the wallet over the football, but in fairness in the Premier League he’d have both.

End of the day, it looks like this one isn’t happening after all. It was set to, information was sure from several sources that he was close to announcement, but that one didn’t materialise and he was effectively using us.

He won’t be the first to use Rangers and he sure won’t be the last, sadly.

We move on.

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