By Danny Wright
Derek Ferguson has urged Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha not to start Joe Garner in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on Sunday.
The former Gers midfielder believes that Garner’s emotions could spill over in the Old Firm clash at Hampden Park but still thinks he might have a role to play off the bench.
The 29-year-old was suspended for the last match against the Bhoys in March and his last start against Aberdeen saw him booked after just four minutes.
Ferguson, 49, is worried that Garner could find himself sent off in what is bound to be a fiery affair.
“It’s not a day for Garner because he’s a time-bomb. If it’s tight, I’d look to maybe bring him on for the last 20 minutes,” said Ferguson, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’d say half an hour but with Garner, he could get sent off in the space of a minute.
“It’s part of his game to put himself about but in this atmosphere it wouldn’t be a clever thing to start him.
“He’ll have a role to play, maybe coming on, but he gets too emotional.”
Garner only arrived at Ibrox last summer and scored in his first ever Old Firm clash when he bagged what turned out to be a consolation goal in the 5-1 defeat at Celtic Park in September.
The former Preston attacker has made 32 appearances across all competitions in his debut season with Rangers, scoring eight goals and supplying two assists.
Ferguson spent seven years on the blue half of Glasgow before moving to Hearts in 1990.
He won three Scottish league titles and four League Cups in his time at Ibrox.
Rangers’ motivation on Sunday will be to ruin Celtic’s chances of securing an unbeaten domestic season and the Scottish treble.
Caixinha’s men are the penultimate hurdle in the Hoops’ ambitions of winning all three competitions in Scotland.
Aberdeen await the winners in the final after they beat Hibernian on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Nigel Clough has admitted that this Gers player reminds him of Frank Lampard.