The 59-caps Romanian international loved it at Ibrox, but was not prepared to play at such a low level, and told Rangers to try and facilitate his exit.
That being said he did not spit his toys out of his pram and featured in four games for Rangers at the start of the 2012-13 season before being sent on loan to Italian side Spezia.
Goian, who insisted he would have stayed at Rangers should they have only been demoted to the second tier, was eventually released in 2013 and went on to join Greek side Asteras Tripolis.
He is now a free agent again and told Romania TV today that if he can’t find a new club away from Romania he will retire from the game:
"I’m approaching 36, I do not want to play in Romania.
“From abroad it is hard to get an offer...It is possible to retire in the summer, yes. But, now, do not exclude anything, I will consider any proposal.”
So should Rangers bring him back for nothing?
On the one hand he is an experienced defender, something Rangers need, who knows the club well. He is also popular with some fans for the fact he did not refuse to play for Rangers at the start of the 2012-13 season, although he rightly wanted to play at a higher level.
However, at 35-years-old, his playing time in Greece diminished last season and he is not the same player as he was four or five years ago. He is also not popular with other Rangers fans for the way he departed the club.
Also Mark Warburton is trying to build something new, and a potent reminder of the liquidation at Rangers might not be the best recruitment decision.
Goian could undoubtedly still do a job in the Scottish Premiership. However, Rangers must surely be looking elsewhere – whilst wishing Goian all the best in his search for a new job.