Hearts defender Ryan McGowan says he rejected the chance to join Rangers before the transfer window closed as he did not want to drop down to the Third Division.
Rangers saw a bid accepted for the 23-year-old, but were unable to persuade the Australian to make the move to Ibrox.
McGowan confirmed he spoke to Gers boss Ally McCoist about a possible deal, but he feared dropping out of the SPL would harm his international prospects.
"Hearts accepted a bid but I rejected it," said the full-back in the Daily Record.
"Ally McCoist called me to go and see him, which I did out of courtesy, but I explained I didn't think it was the right move.
"I was put in a position with Hearts accepting the bid. Rangers may have good players but you only improve by playing against the best, and that's in the SPL, not Division Three.
"It's a massive club but it wouldn't have helped my international prospects. It was a football decision."