Rangers icon Arthur Numan has revealed the reason he left Ibrox in 2003 – and claims he felt the Gers were “taking the mickey” as they negotiated a new contract.
Dutch full-back Numan joined Rangers in the summer of 1998 and went on to spend five trophy-laden years at Ibrox which were bookended with domestic trebles.
The former PSV Eindhoven star was one of Dick Advocaat’s first signings when he took over as manager from Walter Smith and hung up his boots when he left the Gers in 2003 despite offers from across Europe.
“I was discussing another contract in the January with Martin Bain in the Dubai training camp and they offered me a contract but I thought they were taking the mickey,” Numan told Open Goal’s Si Ferry in a video shared on YouTube.
“Before that I had spoke to them and I said ‘I know the situation with the club but I’m happy and I’ve always been treated well’ and I wanted to take a wage cut of 40%. But they offered me a contract that I think was 80% less.
“It didn’t feel good to accept that offer so unfortunately I had to leave. I had five great seasons and I had the best time of my career in Scotland.
“We won the Scottish Cup 1-0 thanks to Lorenzo’s header and it was a fantastic end to the season and for me because it was my last game for Rangers.
“I came to Rangers and won the treble and then after five years I won the treble again and it was brilliant.”
Numan played a total of 174 games for the Ibrox giants after his surprise £5.5million move from PSV.
At the time he joined the Gers in 1998, Numan was the first-choice left back for the Dutch national team and was one of the best players on the planet in his position.
After retiring from playing following his departure from Ibrox, Numan remained in Scotland for seven years before returning to Holland in 2010.
The Dutchman made 45 appearances for his country and was involved at two World Cups and two European Championships with the Netherlands.
Numan lifted three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups during his five years at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, Oli McBurnie raved about this Light Blues player after the win against Ross County on Sunday.