Rangers were reportedly extremely close to signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks back in 2016 and considering his impressive career since then, you could definitely argue that Mark Warburton missed out on having his quality at Ibrox.
“I remember doing a warm-up and Harry Winks came in for a day. He didn’t train though.
“I think everything was agreed and he was coming anyway. He was at the training ground being shown about. He didn’t train.
“A day later, it didn’t happen. He stayed at Tottenham.”
The 2016/17 season saw Rangers finish third in the Premiership, whilst their Old Firm rivals Celtic were able to win the league unbeaten, so it is not a memorable one for a lot of Bears fans.
Would Winks have been a good signing?
Warburton was sacked as manager in February, with Pedro Caixinha arriving as his replacement a month later, and perhaps if the sporting director at the time Mark Allen had been able to complete the loan deal for Winks, then Rangers’ performances would have improved and Warburton could have kept his job.
Clearly, Mauricio Pochettino and the Tottenham Hotspur staff would be won over by Winks and he would go on to make 21 appearances in the Premier League for the North London club that season, suggesting he would have been more than good enough for the Rangers squad at the time.
The Argentine manager was a huge fan of the Spurs academy graduate, describing him as “amazing” in 2019 and even comparing him to Barcelona legends Andres Iniesta and Xavi back in 2018, but unfortunately for Winks, he would lose his regular starting spot following Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2019.
The England international, who is currently valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, has made just seven starts in the Premier League this season and a summer exit could well be on the cards for the 25-year-old.
However, he still possesses a lot of quality and would have undoubtedly been an excellent addition to Rangers’ squad back in the summer of 2016, so it could definitely be described as something of a disaster by Mark Allen to have him at the training ground one day but fail to sign him the next.
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