Lewis Macleod admits disappointment in Rangers' decision to sell him to Brentford

Rangers' Lewis MacLeod (L) in action with Alloa Athletic's Kevin Cawley

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Ibrox before leaving Glasgow Rangers for Brentford in 2015.

Rangers' Lewis MacLeod (L) in action with Alloa Athletic's Kevin CawleyLewis Macleod

Lewis Macleod has told the Evening Times that he was disappointed when he heard about Rangers' decision to accept a bid from Brentford for him, and hinted the off-field issues at Ibrox contributed to his decision to ultimately join the Bees.

The midfielder was arguably one of the brightest talents amongst Ally McCoist's squad as they began life in the Scottish Championship, having previously won the club's Young Player of the Year award in 2013 and having also being named the Young Player of the Month for the entire Football League on two occasions.

Lewis MacLeod  - Rangers shoots at goal

However, in a month that saw McCoist tender his resignation as manager and subsequently go on gardening leave, Macleod was also soon on his way out as he joined the Championship side. 

And he suggested that had more of an effort been made to keep him, and had off-field problems been in order when the opportunity came up, he may have had a different answer for the Griffin Park outfit.

"I was disappointed [with the decision to accept a bid] but at the same time it was an opportunity to try something different. There was a lot going on at the club when it happened so it made it quite difficult," he told the Evening Times.

Rangers manager Ally McCoistAlly McCoist resigned in the same month that Macleod left for Brentford

"It was a good opportunity and unfortunately it has not gone the way I would have liked. I have got to put all that behind me now and focus on the future.

"There were all sorts of different factors that added up to it. It was a hard decision for me to make being a Rangers fan. But it is done now and I have to look to the future."

While the 22-year-old's move has certainly not worked out yet - he has made just three league appearances since joining the club largely due to injury - there is no doubt that he has an enormous amount of potential.

Rangers' Lewis MacLeod (L) celebrates victory after the final whistle

And with two of his three appearances coming at the start of this season, it appears that the problems could now be behind him, and he could be ready to prove to those who were part of the Rangers hierarchy who were ready to sell him that he could have been a star player for the club had he stayed.

But having opted to join a club managed by Mark Warburton and David Weir when he did decide to leave the Gers, who is to say that that same pair will not be capable of luring the Rangers fan back to Scotland in the future? 

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