John Hartson Recalls Day He Failed Rangers Medical and ‘Dodged a Bullet’

John Hartson Recalls Day He Failed Rangers Medical and ‘Dodged a Bullet’

John Hartson has recalled the day he ‘dodged a bullet’ and failed a medical in a move to Rangers.

The Welshman spent five years in Scotland as a Celtic star, scoring 109 goals in 201 games for the Hoops on the way to winning six major trophies and becoming a hero to supporters.

He’s still very popular with the Parkhead faithful – but things could have been so different for Hartson had he signed for Rangers as was initially planned.

Famously, Hartson almost had a deal done to move from Wimbledon to Rangers back in 2000, but it broke down over a failed medical.

And the now retired Welsh striker describes that as dodging a bullet as he later went on to sign for Celtic.

Speaking to Simon Ferry at Open Goal, Hartson told the story of his failed move:

The full interview with Hartson will be revealed by Open Goal over the next few weeks, with episode one dropping on Monday at 5pm via their website and YouTube channel.

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