Whyte insisted that he had no choice to accept the bid for Jelavic, he stated: “One, the player wanted to leave and there is no point in trying to keep a player who no longer wants to be at Ibrox.”
“Two, the club is simply not in a financial position to turn down offers for players which give the club a good return on its original investment.”
However Nikica Jelavic dismissed claims that he forced a deadline day move away from Rangers. His £5 million transfer to Goodison Park ended continued speculation about his future, however the Croatian insisted that he was not searching for an exit from Ibrox.
At a press conference to announce his arrival at Everton, Jelavic said: “My dream was to play in the English Premier League but I never forced my transfer. I spoke with Ally McCoist and said if the president wants me to stay I’ll stay and if they need money and want me to leave I’ll leave – the club decided.
“It is a difficult situation for them I know and I heard inside information about them having problems. It is still my team and my friends are there and I am worried about the situation but I think they will find a solution because they are a big institution.
“The last two days were difficult for me. I was struggling. But I am glad it is finally done and I am fully focused on Everton.”
“The English Premier League is the biggest in the world. For me, it is a big step forward in my career. I want to prove myself here and play well for the club and supporters.”
Jelavic joined Rangers in August 2010 for £4 million and despite reported bids of £7 million from Leicester City, along with an alleged £9 million from an unnamed club in the summer and another reported bid of £7 million from West Ham this window, Jelavic eventually made the move to Goodison Park for a fee of around £5 million.
Jelavic’s late departure from Ibrox caused problems for the Glasgow club, as manager Ally McCoist had mere hours to find a replacement and despite an ‘insulting’ offer for Norwich City captain Grant Holt for around £500,000, Rangers failed to bring in a much-needed replacement for the Croatian striker.
It is another issue in which Rangers fans will be looking on with unease when their owner says one thing and their departed top scorer issues claims to the contrary.