Peter Lovenkrands has told The Scottish Sun that he chose a move to Rangers instead of Newcastle in 2000 as Ibrox 'blew him away'.
The Danish winger, now retired, joined Rangers from Danish side AB in 2000, and became an Ibrox hero during a remarkable six year stay in Glasgow.
With 54 goals during his time at Rangers, Lovenkrands was a star in Scotland, and often scored key goals against Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Lovenkrands later went on to play for Schalke, Newcastle United and Birmingham City, but has now told of how he could have signed for Newcastle almost nine years before he finally made the move to Tyneside.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Lovenkrands admitted that he was initially holding talks with Newcastle, but a visit to Ibrox swung the move in Ranger's favour.
"At the beginning I was having talks with Newcastle," said Lovenkrands. "When I left Denmark to come over here first I was going to speak with them. At the airport my agent said, ‘we will go and look at Rangers first.’ When I came here it was for a look around and I had no idea I would be signing because we were meant to head on to Newcastle. I never made it that far."
"When we landed in Glasgow straight away I got a feel for the place. At dinner that night my agent handed me the phone and said ‘there’s someone here who wants to speak to you.’ It was Brian Laudrup on the other end. He was a hero of mine and he told me all about the club and what it meant to him. He told me I wouldn’t regret it if I signed. Ibrox blew me away," he added.
Lovenkrands scored 29 goals for Newcastle during a successful spell on Tyneside, and it what was a fruitful career, the 35-year-old managed to play for both Rangers and Newcastle despite turning the latter down in 2000.
Not many players get a second chance to join a club they once rejected, but who knows how Lovenkrands' career could have panned out had he not chosen first team football at Rangers 15 years ago.