When US President Donald Trump backed out of buying Rangers

"Make Ibrox great again," could have been Trump's favoured slogan had he gone ahead with the idea of buying Rangers. Picture: John Devlin
"Make Ibrox great again," could have been Trump's favoured slogan had he gone ahead with the idea of buying Rangers. Picture: John Devlin
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Talk about a sliding doors moment! Today’s stunning news that Donald Trump has become the 45th president of the United States has reminded us of the time the billionaire businessman considered buying Rangers.

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According to reports at the time, Trump was approached as the Ibrox club hurtled from administration into liquidation in 2012. The idea was given consideration before he realised the extent of the financial woes facing the Glasgow giants.

Two years prior, Trump admitted it was a “possibility” that he would invest in a Scottish football club, adding that “stranger things have happened”. Trump’s mother was from Scotland and he routinely visits our shores to build on his growing golf empire.

A source responded to the Rangers rumours when asked about it by the Press and Journal in May, 2012.

He said: “We looked seriously and walked away. It just did not make financial sense for us, although they are a great club. We hope someone steps in and builds up the team again.”

The news broke a week after Charles Green’s bid for the embattled club was accepted by administrators Duff and Phelps.

Just how different would the world, and Scottish football, look today had Trump decided to take on the task of saving Rangers?

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