St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson has claimed that Rangers tried to sign him at an earlier point in his career.

The McDiarmid Park midfielder has played for St Johnstone since 2009 and made over 400 appearances for the Perthshire club.

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Murray Davidson claims Rangers tried to sign him earlier in his St Johnstone career. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now 33, Murray Davidson remains an important part of Callum Davidson’s side but things could’ve been so different had the player moved on during his heyday.

The midfielder was opening up to the Dogger Saints Podcast about a moment in his career when offers came in from elsewhere and his St Johnstone contract was expiring.


“Yeah, there were talks,” said Murray Davidson.

“I never left the club. What happened was St Johnstone offered me a contract. Tommy (Wright) was the manager at the time. He said ‘listen, take as long as you need’.

“I went away, I made it quite open that it looked like I was going to be leaving the club.

“I spoke to a few clubs. Rangers was the one that was pretty open. Again, it came to the stage where I felt I was at the age where it was a big stage in my career.

Murray Davidson claims Rangers move “didn’t feel right”

“For a couple of different reasons I just didn’t feel it was right. I looked here, I looked there. I just didn’t get that 100 per cent right feeling.

“When I signed for St Johnstone I thought ‘that’s where I want to stay’.

“I didn’t get that with any of the clubs I spoke to. I phone Tommy and said: ‘Is the contract offer still there? I’m settled in Perth, I enjoy it and I’m comfortable in the environment’.

“I just didn’t want to give that up. I didn’t feel it was right.

“I had other options. I could’ve signed for Aberdeen a few times under Del (Derek McInnes) and again it just didn’t feel right.

“I’ve been at Saints a long time. I’m comfortable going in to work, I enjoy it – that’s the main thing for me.”

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Murray Davidson has almost the entirety of his career with St Johnstone, joining the Saints from Livingston.  The midfielder also spent time on loan at Cowdenbeath. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fair play to Murray Davidson for sticking with St Johnstone but Rangers is an opportunity that won’t come around too many times, with the Gers bidding for the player in 2011.

A talented player at his peak, Murray Davidson became the first serving St Johnstone player to be called up by Scotland since 1932 amid a series of call ups in the early 2010s.

The midfielder made the squad three times before making his first and only appearance as a substitute against Luxembourg in November 2012.

Murray Davidson might’ve been linked to Rangers in the past but the Ibrox side have reportedly made contact with another Scottish Premiership midfielder in the present.

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