No convincing needed - Exclusive: Bent claims midfielder will jump at signing for Rangers

Darren Bent claims that Rangers will not have to try and convince Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson to join the club this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker claims that the Gers would not be taking a risk signing a player who knows what it takes to play for a “massive” club.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard has made the Aberdeen 20-year-old one of his top transfer targets as he looks to bolster his midfield during the summer window.

Ferguson, son and nephew of former Rangers stars Derek and Barry, was let go by the Glasgow giants as a youngster and forged his name at Hamilton before joining the Dons.

With a potential move on the cards this summer, Bent believes the midfielder’s connections to Ibrox means he will not take much, if any, convincing to make the switch.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a completely different kettle of fish, Celtic and Rangers are massive, completely the two biggest things that are up there so it helps if someone you’re signing knows the culture, the club, what it takes to succeed.

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“We’ve seen players go to big clubs – not just Celtic and Rangers – but big clubs in the Premier League and can’t handle it, they just can’t cope.

“He’s the nephew of [Barry] Ferguson, son of Derek, so he’ll know that club better than anyone and that’s a big, big positive for them. There’s no convincing they’ve got to do there, they haven’t got to try nurture someone – he’s seen his dad and Barry do it, so the task becomes easier.” 

Ferguson has emerged as a first-team mainstay at Aberdeen since joining the club in 2018, with 82 appearances under his belt already.

He has missed just four games across all competitions this season, with three goals and nine assists to his name.

In other news, Football Insider have revealed the task that Rangers face to sign another lifelong Ger.