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13 yellows, three red cards and relegation: Rangers were right to sell Matt Crooks


13 yellows, three red cards and relegation: Rangers were right to sell Matt Crooks

Rangers brought Matt Crooks to Ibrox at the same time as Josh Windass but he never settled in Glasgow.

Josh Windass can be proud of his season with Rangers. The attacking midfielder scored 18 goals in 41 games for the Glasgow club as he finally established himself at Ibrox. It was the sort of form that Rangers fans hoped they would get from the 24-year-old after his arrival from Accrington Stanley in 2016. Of course, he did not head to Ibrox alone from the Wham Stadium. His team-mate Matt Crooks also joined Rangers that summer.

The defensive midfielder or centre-back joined at the same time as Windass but struggled to establish himself in Glasgow like his attacking team-mate.

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Crooks went on to play just a handful of games for Rangers and was eventually loaned out to Scunthorpe United.

Last summer, Rangers decided to cut their losses on the player and sold him to League One side Northampton Town.

So should Rangers regret the sale?


So far, the 24-year-old has not given Rangers much of a reason to regret his sale. His time at Northampton this season has not been ideal, with the club battling relegation for much of the campaign.

The Cobblers got through three managers this season, with Justin Edinburgh sacked in August and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink given the boot in April. New manager Dean Austin could not improve their results enough to survive and Northampton finished 22nd, therefore suffering relegation to League Two.

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Crooks was an ever-present for Northampton but also has an unwanted record from the season. He tops the league’s ill-discipline charts for the campaign. Crooks has been booked a joint amount of times in the league this season, his 13 yellows shared with Dan Gardner of Oldham Athletic. As for red cards, nobody has been sent off more than the former Rangers player, with three dismissals in League One this season.

In September, Crooks scored in three consecutive games and looked to be the leader Northampton needed to guide them to safety this season. But in the latter of those games, he was sent off against Southend United and his season went downhill from there. An injury break in October did not help and Rangers will not be concerned about making a mistake with the sale of the 24-year-old.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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