Ex-Rangers manager Ally McCoist reveals he tried to sign Liverpool legend to play in Scottish League One

Ally McCoist has revealed he tried to sign Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher for Rangers in 2013.

Jamie Carragher playing at Ibrox in a legends match in 2019. Picture: SNS
Jamie Carragher playing at Ibrox in a legends match in 2019. Picture: SNS

The Ibrox hero made the call to Anfield to see if he could convince the England international to halt his retirement plans with his 17-year first-team career with Liverpool coming to an end.

However, Carragher was already getting into media work and decided to end his career as a one-club man instead of moving up to Glasgow to sign for Rangers ahead of their 2013/14 campaign in the Scottish third tier.

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McCoist told talkSPORT: “I tried to sign him, believe it or not, when he was leaving Liverpool.

“I phoned Gary McAllister and tried to get him, but obviously he was going into the media circles and is doing very well at that.

“I’m not sure he was underrated, for me, as he was a top player. I know what you are saying that in some quarters he’s not given the credit he deserves, but certainly not in my case.

“I thought he was a top player. At that particular time England had some fantastic centre-backs in John Terry and Rio Ferdinand and boys like that.

“You automatically think of the two boys I’ve mentioned, Terry and Ferdinand, so he might not make too many top tens in some people’s eyes. But that doesn’t make him not a top player.

“It probably highlights the players he was competing against at that time.”

Carragher played 38 times for his country and won both the Uefa Cup and Champions League during his time on Merseyside.

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