A year ago today it was reported that Rangers were keen on signing Devante Cole on a pre-contract agreement. The son of Premier League legend Andrew Cole, the striker had been in fine form for Fleetwood Town. His contract was expiring in the summer and The Sun suggested Rangers were hoping to beat Millwall and Sheffield United to his signature.
The reason for their interest was clear. Cole was on fire for Fleetwood. He had scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for the club and he could have been an affordable option at Ibrox.
In the end, Rangers did not get their man. Much like with Jamie Walker at the same time last year, he headed to Wigan Athletic instead.
Wigan spent a fee in the region of £300,000 for the player, according to the Daily Mail (21:42), on transfer deadline day in January 2018.
That move did not prove to be a success. He played just six times as Wigan secured promotion and failed to score a single goal. With Wigan promoted, he was loaned out to Burton Albion.
He did not feature last night as his loan club were thrashed 9-0 by his former team Manchester City. Cole is getting used to missing out for the Brewers.
The former Rangers target has only started one of the club’s previous seven games and has scored just two goals this season.
Meanwhile, Rangers have moved on. Under Steven Gerrard, strikers with the calibre of Jermain Defoe have arrived at Ibrox.
It does not look like they are pining for Cole.