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Fabio Silva chose Rangers loan transfer over Celtic as Wolves man 'rejected' Hoops offer

Fabio Silva had the chance to sign for Celtic in January but opted instead for his loan move to Rangers.

That's according to his father who claims the 21-year-old rejected Brendan Rodgers even though it went against all the advice he was receiving as people told him the Hoops would suit his game more. Silva, signed by Wolves for £35million from Porto in 2020, went on loan to Ibrox in January and went on to six goals from 33 appearances.

He didn't quite have the impact fans were hoping for and that could have boosted them in the title race, like Adam Idah across the city for example. But his dad, Jorge Silva, is now claiming his son could in fact have been the one turning out in the green and white hoops.

And he has also explained that neither Silva Sr or Jr understands the flak he recieved over his performances and alleged simulation while playing for Gers.

He told the Sunday Mail: “At the beginning, Fabio had the opportunity to choose other clubs, even in Scotland. Could he have gone to Celtic? Yes, he could have gone there.

"Many people told him to go there because the way they play is maybe closer to Fabio’s abilities. But he chose Rangers.

“People spoke to us about his religion because he’s a Catholic but Fabio doesn’t show that to everyone. Even so, he told me as his father that he just wanted to play for Rangers.

“He loved the club and the fans. He just doesn’t understand that after one game (the Old Firm derby), everyone changed and went against the boy. It was a good time for him at Rangers. All the staff there helped him.

“But when I was at the cup final recently, people found out I was his father and said to me, ‘Tell him not to dive.’ I know that’s just emotion and football – but I don’t understand it.

“I don’t understand why old players from Rangers – and even some of the fans – criticised him after the Celtic game. It was a huge match but Rangers did NOTHING before Fabio won the penalty.

“He put them into the game yet afterwards everyone was against him. I don’t understand that. Whenever Fabio had the ball he always went at his opponent [Alistair Johnston] one v one and he provoked situations. He created another goal for the team and it was offside. But the supporters seemed to be against him afterwards.”