By James Black
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has revealed who he thinks is the best player he ever played in his legendary career – Dutch left-back Arthur Numan.
Defender Numan joined Rangers for £5.5million before starring for Holland alongside three future Ibrox team-mates at the 1998 World Cup as the Dutch reached the semi-finals
Signed by Dick Advocaat, Numan would go on to make 174 appearances for the Gers winning three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups and three League Cups in five years.
Ferguson played 427 games for Rangers in two trophy-laden spells alongside names like Frank and Ronald de Boer, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Paul Gascoigne Michael Mols, Claudio Cannigia, Mikel Arteta, Brian Laudrup and Rino Gattuso but claims that Numan was above them all.
“What a guy,” Ferguson said in an interview with Si Ferry for Open Goal as shown on YouTube.
“He was probably looking and thinking ‘who is this wee guy sitting with the packet of crisps’ but he changed my diet and really helped me that way.
“Made sure I would get up, I didn’t like breakfast, but he would wake up at 8 o’clock in the morning, open the curtains and sit on the edge of the bed and make me get up, put my gear on and make me have breakfast.
“He was great, great guy, and probably the best, or one of the best players, I ever played with.
“He was top notch.
“I can’t believe he retired.
“I think he retired at 32 or 33 but he was hard on me.
“He was like a second dad.”
After leaving Rangers in 2003, Numan retired and continued to live near Glasgow.
The left-back earned 45 caps for the Holland national team and was an unused sub in the Euro 2000 semi-final loss to Italy.
Ferguson won five Scottish titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups between 1997 and 2009 and was appointed captain by Dick Advocaat in 2002.
The former Rangers captain has been a critic of Pedro Caixinha in recent weeks after losing out on a coaching job at Ibrox.
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