Graeme Souness admits that he rues the decision not to buy Rangers.
The former Liverpool and 'Gers star was part of a consortium, led by Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy, which was in the running to take over at Ibrox when Craig Whyte was forced to sell up.
However, Yorkshireman Charles Green was the man to take the reins at the Glasgow club with Souness admitting he may have missed the boat.
"Yes, it's a regret. Brian was only going to get involved if he felt it was the right deal for Rangers. In the end that turned out not to be the case," Souness said.
"He was asked to go out on a limb in a few areas and in the end he didn't think that was the right thing.
"Charles Green has taken that on and we all wish him the best.
"My attitude was the club needs Rangers people running it. I would have done it for nothing. I felt we were going to do it for the right reasons.
"It wasn't going to be overnight, just like it won't be for Charles and Ally McCoist now. But we'd have got it back to where it should be.
"What's happened is something I could never have imagined, but we're there now and we just need to deal with it.
"All we can do is keep our head down and accept the criticism and humour coming from the east end of the city.
"It's the cards we've been dealt. Now we have to roll our sleeves up and get on with it."