'Dodged a bullet' – John Hartson reveals how close he came to joining Rangers

Celtic legend John Hartson has opened up on how close he came to a move to Rangers.

Talking on Open Goal, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Hartson revealed how it feels now like he dodged a bullet as the Rangers move collapsed.

Hartson failed the medical but subsequently made his mark in Scotland when he signed for Celtic from Coventry City in 2001.

“I had no infinity with either club and had only been to Scotland once in my life.

“I thought ‘Great I’m signing for Glasgow Rangers’. I flew up with my dad in Sir David Murray’s private jet. 40 minutes from Cardiff to Glasgow.

“I was whizzed off to go and do a medical at Ross Hall. The little scan took around twenty minutes and then I arrived back at Ibrox.

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“Then Dick Advocaat came in and was looking really down. I’d met him an hour before and he was really excited.

“He just sat me down and he was very apologetic and said ‘John I’m sorry we can’t proceed with the deal’.

“I said ‘Why what’s happened?’ He said, ‘Something has shown up on the medical and it’s something with your knee.’

“So I pretty much dodged a bullet that day.”

Football Insider verdict:

Hartson might not have had any affinity with either of the Scottish giants back in 2000, but he’s Hoops through and through these days after his 2001 move to Celtic. He stayed there for five years and fast became a fan favourite at Parkhead. It’s funny how things work out in life though. If he had passed his medical at Ibrox he would have been signed on a five-year deal there. He says it feels like dodging a bullet now, something that’s not going to make him any more popular in the blue side of Glasgow. 

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