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4th Dec, 2017 | 9:41am

Rangers would take huge step backwards by hiring 39-year-old after reported talks

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Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is reportedly set for a sensational return to Ibrox as part of Derek McInnes coaching staff but bringing the ex-Ger back to Ibrox would be a huge mis-step by McInnes – or anyone else.

According to the Scottish Sun, Ferguson, 39, is expected to join McInnes and assistant manager Tony Docherty as part of the new Ibrox management team.

It is understood that talks have begun about bringing the ex-Clyde boss back to Ibrox, but that would be a huge step backwards.

Much was made of the fact that when Pedro Caixinha was appointed he purposefully interviewed candidates for a “local” assistant – including Ferguson – before hiring Jonatan Johansson as first-team coach.

McInnes doesn’t need the luxury of a coach who knows what it means to play for the Gers – he spent five years at Ibrox as a player himself – so it begs the question. Why is Ferguson being considered for a return to Rangers?

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The former Scotland star’s coaching experience is fairly minimal – a short spell with Blackpool before taking over at Clyde – so it’s unlikely that he’s being brought in because he’s some kind of training ground guru.

He’s not particularly renowned as a man manager either which means he’s likely not coming in as the ‘good cop’ to McInnes’ ‘bad cop’ – he has Tony Docherty for that anyway – nor has he worked with McInnes as part of his backroom team.

Perhaps there’s something that everyone is missing about Ferguson’s reported appointment and he’ll be a vital part of McInnes’ management team but on the surface, it makes about as much sense as the decision to appoint Caixinha in March.

In other Rangers news, Alan Brazil has claimed that this Premier League chief has firm interest in a role at Ibrox after a £300million bid is made.

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