It was reported by TEAMtalk back in April that Rangers and Celtic were amongst the group of clubs interested in signing Nick Powell with his contract set to expire in the summer.
The Gers and the Hoops both made big statements of intent during the summer transfer window. Steven Gerrard got Ryan Kent back to Ibrox on a permanent basis, while Christopher Jullien headed to Parkhead in another big-money move.
Powell was the kind of player who could have also captured the imagination for both sides, especially on a free transfer.
He scored 23 league goals during his last two years at Wigan Athletic from attacking midfield. Powell also contributed six assists in the Championship last season.
He could have been a very exciting signing for Rangers or Celtic. It is not clear how serious either were about signing the 25-year-old, but he ultimately ended up joining Stoke City.
Will Powell rue summer decision?
And with the Potters bottom of the Championship while the Old Firm prepare for European games, perhaps it may be fair to suggest that Powell – who has only made one league appearance due to injury -would be forgiven for already ruing not heading to Scotland.
Nathan Jones’s men are already four points off safety after their latest defeat. It would be a big surprise if they were around the bottom three in a few months. But their promotion hopes already look to be bleak.
And the longer they spend out of the Premier League, the most difficult it may become to get back to the top flight.
Meanwhile, Rangers are gearing up to host Feyenoord on Thursday while Celtic will face Rennes. It looks to be an incredibly exciting time to play for either.
Powell may not regret his decision to join Stoke. But he may well be wondering whether he should have joined Rangers or Celtic in the summer.