Former Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has revealed that he turned down both Rangers and Stoke in order to secure a move to New England Revolution.
The 30-year-old has been without a club since leaving Vitesse Arnhem in July but has now formally agreed to move to the United States after a trial. Speaking about his switch to the MLS, Buttner said:
“Just this week before I agreed to sign for the Revs, Rangers and Stoke City tried to sign me. But I’d made my decision. New England Revolution it is.”
Buttner also confirmed that Celtic were one of the teams that contacted him over the summer, as well as Serie A side SPAL, Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Cypriot outfit Apoel Nicosia.
Rangers’ interest in the Dutchman would not be a surprise. While Borna Barisic has established himself in recent weeks, manager Steven Gerrard chopped and changed at left-back for the first couple of months of the campaign.
In addition to Barisic, both Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday have been fielded there, and it appears the Gers were keen on strengthening the position. Whether they will make a move for another fullback now Buttner has gone elsewhere, we shall see.