Seth Johnson has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he could have joined Rangers 15 years ago.
The former England international midfielder, who started his professional career at Crewe Alexandra, played for Derby County and Leeds United.
“I was at Derby and left there at 22 for Leeds United,” Johnson told The Scottish Sun. “But the year before Rangers wanted me to come up and have a look around.
“They were flying at the time. I knew they were a massive club and how intense the rivalry with Celtic was.
“But it would have been a problem if it had leaked out I’d gone to Ibrox on the quiet, as I was still a Derby player.
“Derby were looking for a lot of money, up to £8m, and it didn’t happen with Rangers. But if they’d agreed a fee with Derby then, yes, I’d have seriously considered moving.”
Johnson, though, has a soft spot for Rangers, and hopes that the Gers can get promoted to the Scottish Premiership under new manager Mark Warburton.
“Rangers have always been my Scottish team,” said the 36-year-old retired midfielder. “I want to see them get back to the top level.”
Can Rangers win promotion next season?
Rangers will be aiming for automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership next season under Warburton.
The Englishman has arrived at Ibrox with a strong pedigree, having guided modest Brentford to a top-six finish in the English Championship in the 2014-15 campaign.
Glasgow giants Rangers have a lot of work to do in the summer, especially in the player recruitment department, but they will still be one of the favourites to win the Championship.
Starting the season strongly will be key to the Gers’ chances of finishing top of the Championship. A slow start could eventually force them to end up in the playoffs yet again.