Rangers have rejected as 'nonsense' the suggestion Nikica Jelavic did not force a transfer deadline day move to the Premier League.
The Croatia international striker has claimed he would have been happy staying at Ibrox, although he sealed a move to Everton on Tuesday.
However, the Scottish champions have lodged a counter claim, stating Jelavic told manager Ally McCoist personally he wanted to play in England's top flight.
"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," said chief operations officer Ali Russell.
"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."