Rangers

By James Black

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson insists there was no fall out him and Lorenzo Amoruso after the Scot replaced Amoruso as Rangers captain in 2000.

Ferguson was only 22 when Dick Advocaat stripped Amoruso of the armband following a poor start to the season.

The Italian had taken the captaincy when Advocaat arrived in Scotland in 1998 but a howler against Monaco in the 2000/2001 Champions League was the last straw for the manager who decided to replace the captain in controversial fashion.

The Italian defender had joined the club for £4million from Fiorentina in 1997 but missed most of his debut season after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury as the Gers came up short in their bid to win a tenth successive title.

When Advcoaat joined the club in summer of 1998, Amoruso took over the captaincy from Richard Gough as the then-Gers boss completely overhauled the Ibrox club.

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Poor results and disappointing performances from Amoruso led to fans turning on him before Advocaat decided to replace his on-field leader.

Ferguson had become a key part of the side under Advocaat and the boyhood Rangers fan admits it was his dream to captain the club but insists there was no fall-out with Amoruso over the decision to replace him.

“It was an opportunity that I couldn’t knock back. It was my dream.” Ferguson said to Open Goal‘s Si Ferry and quoted by the Scotsman.

“To go on and play for Rangers and become a regular was great, but to become captain was unbelievable. It was a no brainer.

“He pulled me into the office, told me that he was going to relieve big Amo’ of the duties and that he wanted me to be captain.

“He brought Arthur Numan in as well – initially I thought he was going to make him captain and maybe me vice-captain.

“Then he says to me, ‘I want you to be captain’. There were a few looks in the dressing room, seeing as I was only 22.

“But they were great, a few handshakes and then we got back to concentrating on winning.

“There was no fall-out.

“He [Amoruso] took it like a man. Obviously he was disappointed but there were no issues.”

Ferguson would go on to captain the club over two different spells between 2002 and 2009.

During his time with Rangers, Ferguson lifted five Scottish titles, five Scottish Cups and five League Cups over 427 appearances for the Light Blues.

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