Charlie Adam reveals David Murray's insistence leaving Rangers was a 'step down'
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Charlie Adam reveals David Murray's insistence leaving Rangers was a 'step down'

Former Rangers and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has admitted that he was left broken-hearted by his Ibrox exit – and admits he wanted to “prove people wrong” who, like ex-Gers owner David Murray, insists that leaving the Gers is a step down.

Adam left Ibrox after struggling to hold down a regular first-team place, moving to Blackpool before a stunning switch to Anfield saw him play alongside current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

The Dundonian star confessed that he didn’t want to “fall away” after leaving the Gers, despite being left in tears after moving on from Ibrox.

“David Murray used to tell the young lads coming through that when you left Rangers it was a step down,” Adam told the Scottish Daily Mail (Saturday 23/11 page 116)

“I listened to that stuff but I wanted to prove people wrong. You have to be like that, some people think you are a good player. Some don’t. That’s okay.

“People believe that once you leave Rangers, you fall away. I didn’t want that. I used that as my drive. I knew I had been at a big club. I wanted to get back to a big club. I told myself: ‘you ain’t going to play, you have to leave’.

“I knew to be in any way satisfied I had to play football. But it was a tough thing to go. It broke my heart. Yeah, it broke my heart. I sat and cried.”

Adam left Ibrox in 2009 with the likes of Steven Davis, Barry Ferguson, Pedro Mendes and Kevin Thomson ahead of him in the pecking order under Walter Smith.

The former Scotland international had two really good years at Blackpool before his £6.5 million move to Liverpool but it never really worked for Adam at Anfield and he eventually left the Reds to join Stoke City, spending seven years in the Potteries.

Now plying his trade with Reading after signing a one-year deal in the summer, the midfielder is nearing the end of a playing career that never delivered on its early promise – despite a big-money transfer to Liverpool.

Adam deserves plenty of praise for the way he went on to establish himself south of the border after leaving Ibrox but you can’t help feel he could’ve had an even better career had he made one or two different choices in his career.