As Rangers prepare to launch a £500,000 bid for Kris Commons to add some creativity to their midfield you can’t help but wonder if they could’ve saved that money and solved the problem with a player who should already be gracing the Ibrox pitch.
In 2009 manager Walter Smith accepted a bid of £500,000, the fee they are set to part with to sign Commons, for winger Charlie Adam from Blackpool, where he had enjoyed a successful loan spell. Fans were happy to see him go, concluding that Adam was lazy, overweight and too flash for a club that was built on hard work, grit and determination.
Fans of the Tangerines were happy to have him though and the Scottish midfielder continued to get to grips with the English game, moving into the centre and proving that his Hollywood passes should’ve been applauded instead of jeered during his time in Glasgow.
It wasn’t long before he was the focal point of the Blackpool side, with his incredible range of passing, deft touch and set piece expertise proving to be too much for the majority of the Championship.
Adam’s influence was beyond measurement and his 16 goals led Holloway’s team into the Playoffs where their talisman reigned supreme once again, scoring the winner in the final at Wembley and confirming Blackpool’s place in the Premier League against all the odds.
The club’s journey to the top flight was an unlikely one but not as unlikely as the ease with which they have taken to the division. Blackpool’s attacking approach, built around Adam, has left them with one of the best away records in the league and two wins over Liverpool have put their star player in the shop window.
Manager Ian Holloway is now dismissing bids eight times larger than the £500,000 he paid for Adam as ‘disgraceful’ which tells you all you need to know about the Scottish midfielder’s success at the Seasiders.
That is quite a transformation for a player who was once seen as a liability and benched for Old Firm and Champions League games so that his extravagant style wouldn’t result in a mistake. It now appears that Rangers were the ones who made the mistake in letting a talent like Charlie Adam out of their grasp.
With his career on the rise you wouldn’t bet against Charlie following in the footsteps of Souness, Dalglish and Liddell and becoming the next Scottish great to grace the Anfield turf in that famous red strip.