As we discussed earlier today, Pedro Caixinha is on the search for a new coach at Ibrox during the international break.
Set to interview candidates this week, he’s said to want a man in place by the time Rangers next play on April 1st, at home to Motherwell.
One of the names in contention is Barry Ferguson, one of the greatest players to grace the Ibrox pitch in the last 20 years. Making over 400 appearances for the club in two spells, Ferguson was a key part of success in the late 1990s and 2000s. He won a massive 15 major honours with the club, captaining them to many.
Despite that legacy, the news he is being linked with a coaching role at Rangers isn’t being universally appreciated.
An unsuccessful period as Clyde manager has put his coaching credentials into question. That, coupled with his dissent as captain under the management of Paul Le Guen, means that there are plenty with misgivings about his potential appointment.
There are fans more positive about it too, many feeling that his love for and contribution to the club over the last two decades more than qualifies him to join up as part of Caixinha’s staff.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Barry Ferguson…. sincerely hope he does not undermine the new manager. A lot can go wrong with appointment. #RFC
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) March 21, 2017
I loved Barry Ferguson as a player, best Scotsman of his generation but I think he's a risky appointment for the coaching role.
— Phantom Caixinha (@Phantomco5088) March 20, 2017
I really hope Pedro Caixinha and Barry Ferguson get on if he is his "local man". They seem like two different characters. Could be great.
— Ray (@rc89_) March 21, 2017
— Greg Stewart (@greg1873) March 21, 2017
Cannot wait to see Barry Ferguson back at Rangers, think he'll be a great appointment.
— Dylan Hay (@dylan_hay1) March 21, 2017
Hope Barry Ferguson is the new assistant, guy would bleed for Rangers????
— JB (@JaeBaxter) March 21, 2017