Jack Butland did not once consider leaving Rangers in January amid Premier League transfer interest.

The Ibrox goalkeeper was wanted by clubs down south last month but neither he or Rangers chiefs entertained an approach.

Instead, Butland remained completely locked-in on matters in Glasgow as he continued to develop a "connection" at Rangers.

The goalkeeper, 30, is in contention for the England squad once more after an impressive start to life in Scotland and, crucially, fells like the unmatched happiness he is experiencing at Rangers is a reward for his patience and perseverance throughout his career.

Asked whether he was ever tempted by the Premier League interest, Butland told BBC Sport: "None.

"There's a feeling and a connection here that I haven't felt at a club for a long time. You don't give that up easily.

"The eight months I've spent here have been a really, really special period in my career.

"This goes to the top [in terms of happiness] because it's almost like a reward for the perseverance and patience I showed."

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Butland also explained that there was zero chance of him leaving Rangers with the response to interest a "no on all fronts".

Rangers chiefs had issued a hands-off warning after the transfer approach with Butland informing his agent he didn't want to explore the interest.

He added: "I'm enjoying it. There is too much to achieve, there is too much left to do.

"It was a straight no. My agent said, 'This is happening, what do you want to do?' I said 'No' and he said 'I agree'.

"The club had said no anyway so it was just a no on all fronts from the get-go. And that was that.

"We were actually with the team, I think it was deadline day, we were all out altogether at a team event and that was that. There wasn't even a chance."