'Something has gone on' - Ferguson blasts Rangers statement
Former Rangers star Barry Ferguson has blasted the club’s board over their shambolic statement released on Thursday night – hours after Derek McInnes confirmed he wouldn’t be taking the vacant Ibrox manager’s job.
The Gers’ rambling statement has been almost universally panned for its arrogant wording and unnecessarily aggressive tone as Rangers fans lost what little patience they had left after a six-week manager search.
The Ibrox side approached Aberdeen on Monday night for permission to speak with McInnes before the Dons confirmed on Thursday afternoon that he had decided to remain at Pittodrie for the foreseeable future.
Late on Thursday night, the Gers then published their riposte, and Ferguson was left stunned by the content of it.
“I believe it was the right thing to release a statement, to let the fans know the search for a new manager isn’t over,” Ferguson said as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There should have been a far better way to put across their disappointment but whoever wrote the statement needs to have a long, hard look at himself.
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“It’s not the way Rangers used to conduct their business.
“That statement just wasn’t the Rangers I know and I’m pretty certain it didn’t come from a board member or anyone at that level.
“At the moment it’s all ifs and buts. Clearly something has gone on in terms of what Derek has not been happy with.”
Interim boss Graeme Murty will remain in charge until the end of the year after McInnes’ snub and will be in the dugout when the Gers take on Ross County on Saturday.
Murty has led the Gers to four wins from his six games in charge and now has a further six games to impress the Rangers board and earn the role on a full-time basis.
The Gers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership – three points behind Aberdeen after playing one fewer game than the Dons – and could re-take second with a win over Owen Coyle’s side at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has had Neil Lennon in stitches with his latest rant about the Gers’ manager search.