Gordon Ramsay Soccer Career, Ramsay, 42, has said on a number of occasions that he was a member of the first team squad at the Ibrox club playing three games, before injury cut short his career.
But after historians and former players at the club dismissed the claims, Ramsey embarrassingly confessed that his memories may be hazy.
A spokesman said that the television star had always “down-played” his career in football and added: “Any inaccuracies regarding the details of this period can be explained by the fact that all this occurred nearly 25 years ago.”
Ramsay, born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, first spoke about his football past when opening his first restaurant, Aubergine, in London.
Speaking on a radio show in 2002, he explained how his career was cut short, when Rangers manager Jock Wallace and first team coach Archie Knox released him after he tore his ligament.
However at the time, Knox, 61, was the manager of Dundee.
Knox told a Sunday newspaper: “The first time I ever saw Gordon Ramsay was in 1996 when he launched his first book. But he didn’t know me from Adam because we’ve never met.”
The only evidence of Ramsay’s Rangers career is a photo in his book of him in a Rangers squad which also included Rangers legend Ally McCoist.
However Allan Cairns, the photographer who took the picture in September 1985, said the photo was not one of Rangers first team but a side picked to play a testimonial match.
Further details of Ramsay’s footballing past have also been questioned.
In an interview in 1999 Ramsay said in the testimonial they were 2-0 down at half time but the official match report, published in Rangers News, said the score was 1-1 and Ramsay was listed as “trialist” on the team sheet.
He also claims to have played two first team games, against St Johnstone and Morton, but Ramsay does not appear to be in either squad.
Rangers historian Robert McElroy, who has watched every competitive game the club has played since 1972, said it was “nonsense”.
“Had he done very well in that testimonial he may well have been offered a contract or something like that – but he didn’t make any impact and wasn’t offered any sort of contract.”
A Rangers spokesman said: “Ramsay was a trialist in that testimonial game. He trained with us for a few months after that but then got injured.”
A spokesman for Ramsey said: “Gordon has always down-played his footballing past and been clear about the fact that he never made it to be a professional.
“As detailed in Gordon’s autobiography, Humble Pie, Gordon was a promising school boy who was monitored by Rangers over a three-year period during his school holidays when he attended their Youth Policy. During this time he played a couple of non-league matches as a trialist. A knee injury put paid to any further hopes of being signed by Rangers.”