Former Rangers striker Marco Negri explains how he rejected Milan and Juventus for Ibrox

The Italian striker is something of a cult figure for Rangers.

There is no doubt that Italian striker Marco Negri had an interesting career at Rangers.

He arrived at Ibrox after impressing in Italy with former club Perguia – scoring 33 goals in 60 games for Rangers.

He cost the club around £3.5 million, according to The Guardian, in 1997 and he started off his career at in Glasgow with a bang.

He netted 33 goals in 26 games at the start of the 1997 campaign, finishing the season on 36 from 39.

A string of serious injuries, including one to his eye, led to a big drop in form for the Italian and he ended up costing a lot and not playing much for the Gers – before joining Bologna in 2001.

But he remains a big Rangers fan and has been speaking to about his time with the Old Firm club this week.

Negri told the Italian site of how he rejected the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan to join the Glasgow club:

“I grew up a lot and I raised the interest of several top teams. Rangers came suddenly. The many goals scored with Perugia were not enough to survive so I was a Serie B player.

“The Italian teams made some offers, but nothing concrete, and also the foreign adventure had long fascinated me. A contract economically very important and the ability to go to the Champions League did the rest.

“Finding places at Juventus, Milan and Inter was difficult, even more with the protagonists such as [George] Weah, Ronaldo, [Filippo] Inzaghi, [Gabriel] Batistuta. I agreed to the flying offer of Rangers.”

Negri, whose autobiography has been met with critical acclaim recently, recently made the news for Rangers fans as he passionately celebrated the success of Rangers reclaiming promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

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