By James Black
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has admitted he was more scared of Walter Smith than renowned hot-head Graeme Souness after working under both managers.
Ferguson played under Smith in two different spells at Ibrox and played for Souness after his £7.5million move to Blackburn in 2003.
Souness’ temper is legendary and his former assistant at Ibrox, Smith, was known to be much cooler – albeit a strict disciplinarian.
Ferguson also admitted he once tried to answer Smith back but quickly realised the error of his ways.
“Walter Smith was fiercer than him. I feared Walter more than I did Souness,” Ferguson said, recalling his brilliant story, as quoted by the Herald.
“I tried to (answer Smith back) once. I thought he was going to kill me. I did, seriously. I **** myself.
“I learned my lesson pretty quick there. He was fierce. Souness was as well, but Walter had more fear about him.
“But when a Souness or Walter walked in, you could feel that; everybody sat up and took notice.”
Ferguson enjoyed a glittering Ibrox career, making 427 appearances for his boyhood heroes, and lifted five Scottish titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups over his two spells with the club.
Smith ultimately ended Ferguson’s Rangers career after the midfielder was pictured making gestures towards photographers during a Scotland international.
The player – alongwith Allan McGregor – was suspended by the club over it before joining Birmingham City.
It wasn’t the only time Ferguson fell foul of a Rangers manager.
Ferguson had a big hand in Paul Le Guen’s dismissal after falling out with the Frenchman over a perceived ignorance over the size of the job that faced Le Guen at Ibrox.
Le Guen stripped Ferguson of the captaincy before telling the midfielder his Rangers career was over.
Within a week Le Guen had been sacked by Rangers and Ferguson was quickly restored to his place in the side.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha was blown away by four Rangers youngsters in the closed-doors friendly with Morton.