Much like he has for most of his career, Kieran Dowell burst into life at the very end for Norwich City.

As demonstrated in spells with Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and now the Canaries, Dowell has a penchant for leaving something to remember him by.

Even in his previous campaigns at Carrow Road - the title-winning triumph of 2020-21 and the following season's relegation - he saved his best for last in yellow and green.

In the first of those terms it was in the form of a goalscoring flurry in the season-defining games, the second a series of creative moments that left fans wondering whether he was indeed of Premier League quality.

But there's never been quite enough shown to justify long-term faith, and that's why Dowell's contractual situation was allowed to get to the stage it did.

His dispatch from Norfolk may have been more voluntary than David Wagner cares to admit, but it was months and years of hesitancy that gave the Liverpudlian the chance to assess his options as a free agent.

The result is that he's assessed those options and decided that Glasgow Rangers are what's best for him, after nine years bouncing between the English top two divisions.

The Pink Un: Dowell has signed for Glasgow Rangers upon the expiration of his Norwich contract.Dowell has signed for Glasgow Rangers upon the expiration of his Norwich contract. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

What will sting most for Norwich fans is that this was the season he most consistently produced his best form, and it's form they won't see again in their colours.

His preference for a strong finish was on show under Wagner, but for once he produced a strong start under Dean Smith's stewardship.

With little other creativity to be found, he stood out in City's first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield in NR1. He repeated the trick against Millwall, finding Josh Sargent with a lovely pass to seal a 2-0 triumph.

He scored his first goal of 2022-23 with a goal against Coventry two weeks later, but it wasn't long before his trademark lack of reliability kicked in.

The chicken and egg debate comes to mind when considering his single goal contribution in the next 10 games, which coincided with the team's own breakdown in form and Smith's eventual dismissal as head coach.

Wagner was able to breathe new life into his charge, however, and Dowell emerged from that barren spell an unstoppable creative force.

He scored three goals and registered an assist in the German's first two games in charge, playing a starring role as new life was breathed into City's season.

The Pink Un: The Liverpudlian thrived in the early weeks of David Wagner's tenure as head coach.The Liverpudlian thrived in the early weeks of David Wagner's tenure as head coach. (Image: Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd)

But that didn't last long, with the bane of Dowell's City career rearing its ugly head once more. Injury brought an end to his time in yellow and green, with the victory over Birmingham in which it was sustained his final outing for the club.

By the time he'd returned to full fitness the announcement had come that he'd leave the club, with Wagner keen to focus on the future rather than what the creator had contributed.

“Obviously he's done quite well in the time I worked with him, but we said beforehand we would like to refresh the group,” he said. “For this we have to create space as well.

"I'm absolutely fine with all the decisions which we made so far, and I'm really looking forward to what we will do further in the future.

"We made the decisions, and at the end of the day all of them are good guys and players I really liked to work with and, for me personally, I wish them all the best for the future."

And with that Dowell's City legacy was set in stone, as a player who could have achieved great things but left before doing so on a personal level.

He remains a part of an impressive title win in 2021, but will be disappointed that his best form came in such a miserable campaign.