Rangers icon Brian Laudrup has opened up on the time he turned down Johan Cruyff and Barcelona to remain at Ibrox as he opted against following in the footsteps of his brother Michael.

The Danish star has only just arrived in Scotland when his agent told him about Barca’s interest in taking him to the Catalan giants just at the tail end of his famous ‘Dream Team’ side’s reign.

Brian Laudrup action during a Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox (Photo by Clive Brunskill /Allsport)

Despite the chance to play at places like the Nou Camp, Bernabeu and Mestalla, Laudrup preferred to stay where he was and help the Light Blues in their push toward nine titles in a row.

“I had only been in Scotland a few months when Barcelona called. I had a new agent, Vincenzo Morabito. He rang me to say they wanted me at the Nou Camp as soon as possible,” Laudrup said [Daily Mail].

“I told him it was a real honour to be asked by Johan Cryuff but that I felt really good at Rangers.

“The next game was against Falkirk, I always remember that. I wanted to speak to Walter Smith about the situation face-to-face. He said, ‘So you prefer to play against Falkirk on a Tuesday night than go to Barcelona?’. ‘Absolutely,’ I replied. We shook hands and that was that.”

Laudrup would go on and cement his place as the greatest foreigner to ever play in Scotland and the Dane is up there as one of the best Rangers players of all time.

Laudrup celebrates scoring against Aberdeen (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport)

A move to Barcelona would have cut that short and having grown up watching Laudrup terrorise Scottish defences, it is a relief he choose to stay.

Here are our player ratings from last night’s match at Ibrox where Ianis Hagi scored the only goal of the game to give the Gers the victory.

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