Rangers

By James Black

Former Rangers boss Graeme Souness has sensationally claimed that he almost left Ibrox to manage Premier League giants Manchester United under the charge of Sir David Murray.

Souness, who became a Liverpool legend in his playing days, revealed that he would have replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford with his Ibrox assistant, Walter Smith, taking over the hotseat on the blue half of Glasgow.

Rangers were Souness’ first management role and the Scot played a massive part in getting Murray to originally invest in the Gers.

According to Souness, Murray agreed to fund Michael Knighton’s takeover of the Old Trafford club before the deal fell apart as the deadline to complete the deal approached.

“He [Knighton] ended up in Glasgow trying to raise money,” Souness told BBC Radio 5 Live, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.

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“David Murray said he was going to give him the money – so he’d have owned both Rangers and Man United.

“They shook hands. I went to bed believing I was going to go down there.

“I don’t think Fergie won a trophy for four years and the league for seven years – he was having a difficult time.

“I don’t know how it’d have worked out – an ex-Liverpool player.

“I was pretty fearless in those days though.

“I went to bed the new manager of Man United and Walter was going to stay and manage Glasgow Rangers.”

Knighton tried to buy United in 1989 for £20million before his financial backing withdrew from the deal.

Knighton promised to invest £10million into redeveloping Old Trafford, as well as return United to their place as England’s top club.

Despite not buying the club, Knighton did get a seat on the United board as a result.

He eventually bought Carlisle United in 1992.

Souness left Rangers to take the manager’s job at Liverpool in 1991, leaving Walter Smith to take over at Ibrox and lead the club to nine consecutive Scottish titles in a row and is widely regarded as one of the club’s most successful managers in history.

In other Rangers news, Gers fans reacted on Twitter in hilarious fashion after Celtic lost to Bayern Munich.

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