By Harvey Byrne
Former striker and current part-time academy coach Peter Lovenkrands has told that he left Rangers at the end of his contract in 2006 as then manager Paul Le Guen “didn’t seem to want” him.
The now 37-year-old is a favourite among the Ibrox fan base after scoring 54 times in 182 appearances for the club across 2000 and 2006.
However, he left on a slight sour note after choosing to leave Glasgow for Bundesliga side Schalke at the end of his contract, meaning that the Gers didn’t receive a penny for his name.
However, 11 years later Lovenkrands has now told in a Twitter question and answer session via the Rangers youth account that he could have stayed, but he decided to move on due to Le Guen’s opinion of him.
— AW ♠️ (@AW1872) August 7, 2017
I could have stayed but Le Guen didn't seem to want me to continue here so I moved on https://t.co/2xyqkVEHjD
— Rangers Youth DC (@rfc_rydc) August 7, 2017
After leaving Rangers the former Denmark international ended up playing for Schalke for three years before moving to England where he played in the Premier League and Championship with Newcastle and then retired with Birmingham in the English second tier.
The Gers coaching role is his first since retirement in 2014 and he will now be looking to help the young players in the youth system make the move up to Pedro Caixinha’s first team.
In other Rangers news, Waghorn sent a message to Gers fans after sealing move to Ipswich.