Kilmarnock defender Julien Faubert has admitted to the Glasgow Evening Times that he agreed to join Rangers in 2007, before changing his mind and signing for West Ham instead.
Faubert, 32, recently joined Kilmarnock in a bid to resurrect his career, having been released by Bordeaux at the end of last season.
The Frenchman, who earned one international cap for his country, has quite the winding career, having started in France with Cannes and Bordeaux, before moves to West Ham, Real Madrid and Elazigspor before returning to Bordeaux back in 2013.
Now, as Kilmarnock and Faubert prepare to take on Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership this weekend, the right back has looked back on his career, and told the Glasgow Evening Times about how he almost joined Rangers in 2007.
Faubert admitted that he had agreed a deal to move to Ibrox in the summer of 2007, before completely changing his mind and moving to London with West Ham United instead.
Now, Faubert has discussed the reasons for the U-turn, suggesting that the length of contract offered by West Ham was a huge factor, as was the fact that the Hammers were playing in the Premier League.
Ultimately though, Faubert admitted that he somewhat regrets his decision, as he would have loved to have played in the Old Firm derby against Celtic - one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.
"Everything was agreed," said Faubert. "The length of the contract was an issue, though. West Ham offered five years and Rangers offered three. The Premier League is the Premier League too. I was young. I had many friends who were at Liverpool and Chelsea and I wanted to play there. My agent gave me the facts and I decided to change."
"Do I have regrets? Yes. Not that I went to West Ham, but Celtic and Rangers are big clubs. I played in lot of derbies, but I would have liked to do this one as it is one of the best in the world," he added.
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