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Holland star Robin van Persie has revealed he was "desperate" to join Rangers as a teenager.

The Arsenal forward, 25, was approached by former Ibrox boss Dick Advocaat - in his role as director of football - but the move never materialised.

He said: "There was some interest from Rangers when I was at Feyenoord. The problem for me was they didn't come in and make an offer. I was quite interested because I really wanted to leave my club."

He added: "Rangers are massive, like Celtic. I speak to (Celtic defender) Glenn Loovens and he tells me lots of stories about the stadium and Scotland itself.

"My European debut was against Rangers at Ibrox and that was a fantastic moment. When I heard about their interest, I sat by the phone hoping it would ring.

"I was in a difficult situation at my club and desperate to leave. Advocaat told me he needed to sell some players before he could buy. That's why it dragged on and did not happen."

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