[media-credit name=”© Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Jelavic claimed that he would have been happy to stay at Ibrox, but Rangers have rubbished his claims, stating that Jelavic told manager Ally McCoist personally that he wanted to play in the English Premier League.
Rangers chief operations officer Ali Russell said: “Nikica told Ally McCoist personally on Monday he wanted to move to the English Premier League so to suggest he didn’t want to leave Rangers is nonsense.
“Nikica, and indeed his family, were widely quoted throughout January about playing in England and his agent also communicated the fact he wanted to achieve a lifetime ambition and test himself in the Premier League.
“He wants to earn a starting place for Croatia at Euro 2012 and felt a move to England’s top flight would help him achieve that.
“Nikica was a terrific player for Rangers and we wish him well at Everton but to suggest he was forced to leave Ibrox is just ridiculous.”