Holden, who is set to be called up for the USA World Cup squad to face England, Algeria and Slovenia in the summer, has been tracked by the Ibrox club over the past few weeks.

But the energetic midfielder – who was listed by the MLS players’ union as one of the lowest paid players in the league on a basic wage of just over £400-a-week – has been offered a huge salary hike to prevent him going to Europe.

The league’s commissioner Don Garber held talks with the Aberdeen-born star last week and hopes to secure him on a long-term deal – outwith the league’s salary cap rules – of around £4,000-a-week.

Holden, who has netted three goals in 13 caps for USA, said: “I was pretty flattered. It shows the commitment the MLS has in keeping me in the league. I know this decision is going to impact on my career.

“I’m considering offers from overseas but at the same time I’m not ruling out staying in the MLS and helping turn it into what I think it’s going to be – one of the best leagues in the world.”

Meantime, Gers boss Walter Smith laughed off the latest quotes attributed to defender Madjid Bougherra, claiming he wants a summer move to the Barclays Premier League.

“It makes a change from the transfer window in January, which is a relief to us all!” Smith smiled.

“Whether Madjid leaves this summer or not, I’m not quite sure.

“He’s not leaving in January anyway, except to go to the African Nations Cup.”