McAvennie shares transfer insight from friend as Rangers ready bid for 'wonderful' Ferguson

Frank McAvennie predicts Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson will snub a transfer to Rangers and move to the Premier League.

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Ferguson won’t get the game time he wants at Ibrox.

Football Insider last week revealed Rangers are plotting a move for the Aberdeen 21-year-old.

Ibrox sources have told this site Rangers are confident Ferguson is “desperate” to join if a deal can be agreed.

Lewis has strong links to Ibrox as the son of Derek Ferguson and nephew of legendary Gers midfielder Barry Ferguson.

Ferguson has already had a transfer request rejected following an “insulting” bid from an unnamed Premier League club.

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McAvennie, who knows both Lewis and Derek, claimed that Lewis is good enough to play for Rangers but won’t get a game next season.

When asked if Rangers will be Ferguson’s first choice in a transfer battle, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “No, no I don’t think so.

“I know him and his Dad, Lewis has a great head on his shoulders. I get the Rangers connection with Barry and Derek. 

“But Lewis has to go and walk into a team now. Can he walk into Rangers? Is he good enough to do that? Yes.

“Is he going to? I don’t know if he will. There’s an awful lot of midfield players at Rangers. 

“Unless they are getting rid of a few, I can’t see him getting a game. I don’t think his family want him to be there as a bit-part player. 

“I think he’ll go to the Premier League. He’s ready for that. He’s a wonderful talent.”

Ferguson made 41 appearances in all competitions for Aberdeen last season.

He picked up 10 goals and five assists as his side finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

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