Former Hearts defender Ryan McGowan has made the sensational claim that Rangers offered him 11 times his wage to join them while they were in the Third Division.
The Glasgow club were notoriously liquidated in 2012 and relegated to the bottom tier of Scottish football where they finished their journey back to the top earlier this year.
While down in the dumps, The Ibrox side managed to attract some top names from the Premier League including Hearts trio Ian Black, Kevin Kyle and David Templeton.
However, one man who they failed to snap up from the Edinburgh side was highly-rated right back Ryan McGowan – now playing his trade in China.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound, McGowan said that he was offered “10 or 11 times what he was on at Hearts” to make the switch to Glasgow.
Then, 23-year-old McGowan took the decision to remain at Tynecastle after spending two seasons in the lower leagues with Partick Thistle and Ayr United.
McGowan said of his decision: “Rangers had gone down to the Third Division at that time and I had just broke into the international team of Australia. I was loving life at Hearts, we’d just won the Scottish Cup with the 5-1 game and I was really enjoying it there.
“It just totally wasn’t the right move for me at that time. Hearts wanted me to go for the money but it was a bit of a kick in the teeth for me, I didn’t want to go.
“I had gone on loan to Ayr and Partick Thistle previously so I’d played in the lower stages. I explained my decision to Ally McCoist and he was fine with it and thanked me for coming through.
It was a huge ten, eleven times what I was on at Hearts and it was a huge opportunity. My mum isn’t a football person but she was with me and wanted me to sign.
“I had sights on the Premier League and Championship so that’s why I decided to stay.”
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