Ally McCoist makes a joke about Celtic star Scott Brown

Ian Durrant assistant manager of Rangers and Ally McCoist manager of Rangers both look on during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October...

Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers wanted to sign Celtic’s Scott Brown before his move from Hibernian, claims former Gers manager Ally McCoist.

Ally McCoist has jokingly told The Scottish Sun that Celtic midfielder Scott Brown seems to have recovered from his mistake of not joining Rangers back in the summer of 2007.

Celtic signed Brown from Hibernian in the summer of 2007 for a transfer fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth £4.4 million.

McCoist was working as the assistant manager under Walter Smith at Rangers at the time, and the Scotsman has revealed that the Gers tried to secure the services of the 32-year-old Scotland international midfielder.

Ian Durrant assistant manager of Rangers and Ally McCoist manager of Rangers both look on during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October...

“He has had a great season and he has been a great player for Celtic over the years,” McCoist, who managed Rangers from 2011 until 2014, told The Scottish Sun about Brown.

“I remember that we tried to sign him at Rangers. He seems to have recovered well from that mistake!

“I’m joking obviously. He is a smashing boy as well and looking back over his ten years with Celtic, he has been remarkable.”

Celtic Captain Scott Brown receives applause from the Celtic fans as he walks from the pitch after being substituted late in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match...

Brown is one of the best midfielders in Scotland and remains an important player for Celtic despite being in his early 30s.

The 32-year-old has developed and improved massively since his move from Hibs to the Bhoys, and is a force to be reckoned with in midfield.

During his time at Celtic Park so far, the Scotsman has won the league title seven times, the Scottish League thrice and the Scottish League Cup on three occasions.

Celtic will be aiming to win the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup this season.

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