Beattie explains Gers deal collapse

  • Last Updated: August 10 2012, 9:08 BST

Craig Beattie has denied his wage demands were responsible for a proposed move to Rangers falling through.

Craig Beattie: I wanted to be a part of something big

The former Celtic and Hearts striker held talks with Rangers manager Ally McCoist and chief executive Charles Green over a move to the Irn-Bru Third Division club.

But Rangers signed forwards Francisco Sandaza and Kevin Kyle this week and Beattie's move did not materialise, with the Scotland international claiming Green did not share McCoist's enthusiasm for a deal to be done.

Beattie told the Daily Record: "There seems to be a perception the deal fell through because I was holding out for more money - and that could not be further from the truth.

"I was prepared to drop down the divisions not to make a fast buck but because I wanted to be a part of something big.

"I wanted to play my part in getting Rangers back to the top of the Scottish game."

Beattie added: "I spoke to Ally and was under the impression he really wanted me on board and that excited me.

"But in the end, it became obvious he and Green were not on the same wavelength. I don't want to say any more than that."