Rangers star Todd Cantwell scored one of whoscored’s highest-ever player ratings in his position for his heroics at Ibrox yesterday with a stunning 9.37 out of 10 for two assists and his goal.
Head and shoulders above any other midfielder Rangers have had in a generation, Cantwell has clearly been the best use of £1.75M Rangers have made for many a year, as the former Norwich star continues to shine above anything else the Scottish Premiership has to offer, including that lot in the east end, who don’t have a player like him.
And while we have harked about him at Parkhead a tonne, displays like v St Mirren show what he can do if the shackles are off and he’s given free reign.
How good is Todd Cantwell capable of being?
We already know – he was a £50M-rated player only two years ago, ready to make the switch to Aston Villa to replace Jack Grealish, he just lost his way at Carrow Road when that fell through and the relationship came to a natural end.
Norwich fans themselves knew what a talent the lad is, but he wasn’t doing it for them anymore. They were sad to see him go, but knew it was inevitable.
Let’s be clear – is Cantwell world class? No, not quite – but in a different world, a parallel universe this guy would have been an England cap. He’s every inch as talented as the Mounts of this world, as the Bellinghams, but when he didn’t get his move to a cash-rich side whereby he’d get a stepping stone to the big 6, his heart went a bit.
At Ibrox, he’s been given a fresh start and the biggest club he’s ever played for – the level of the Premiership is child’s play to him, and it’s hard to make a serious case against him being among the very best in his position at Ibrox if he continues to produce the quality he is.
There’s no question if he does do that Premier League teams will be looking at him again, so we don’t expect the love affair us fans now have with Cantwell to be long term.
It’s a relationship which suits both sides – we got a top-class Premier League level English midfielder for pennies, and he is enjoying his football once more.
In a year or so, the offers will probably start and Rangers will make a fortune when it comes to selling him. We don’t see him as a long-term Rangers player, he’s simply too good for this league.
But while he’s here we’ll enjoy him, and with more players like him we have a much stronger shout at the Premiership title next season.