MICHAL Habai ignored an 11th-hour approach from Rangers to honour his agreement to sign for Morton, the Tele can exclusively reveal.
The FC Petrzalka centre-half was brought over to Scotland for a trial by Ton boss Allan Moore after catching his eye during a scouting mission to Slovakia earlier this summer.
Habai turned out for the Cappielow club in pre-season friendlies against Sheffield United, at which Gers striker Lee McCulloch was present, and Motherwell before returning to Slovakia.
Moore was impressed enough to offer the 27-year-old a one-year deal which was signed and completed late last week.
A statement on Morton's official Twitter feed read: "We are delighted to announce Michal Habai & Tomas Peciar have received international clearance and have officially signed for the club!
"We kept things quiet for a while as another team tried to hijack the deal. Moore worked hard in bringing the players over from Slovakia!"
Habai's agent, Jozef Petrik, confirmed the claim, revealing that Rangers were the club interested in taking the defender on trial.
He told the Tele: "There was interest from Rangers. A scout from Rangers contacted us to postpone Michal Habai's transfer to Morton.
"They wanted to see him in game, but we have an excellent relationship with Allan Moore and Morton and kept our agreement with them."