By James Black
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has opened up on his move to Blackburn Rovers – admitting “it didn’t feel right” less than a week after signing.
Ferguson left Ibrox in a £7.5million move in 2003 to link-up with former Rangers team-mates Tugay and Lorenzo Amoruso but thinks he should have remained in Glasgow for another season.
Rangers had just won a domestic treble with Ferguson lifting the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year and Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.
The Ibrox mainstay had been an integral part of the side before moving south but has now revealed that he thought he made a mistake in joining Graeme Souness’ Rovers.
“The year before there was a couple of clubs who were interested in me,” Ferguson told Open Goal’s Si Ferry, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
“I wasn’t interested in leaving, to be honest with you.
“A couple of clubs came in, but I kind of just let the club deal with it, I didn’t want it to play on my mind.
“I went down to speak to them and I knew as soon as I signed, I knew a week later I’d made a mistake. It didn’t feel right.”
Ferguson spent 18 months in Lancashire before returning to Ibrox in a deadline-busting move in January 2005.
Over his two spells with the Gers, Ferguson would make 427 appearances and lifted five Scottish titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups before trying his luck down south again with Birmingham City.
The former Ibrox skipper would also break the club’s all-time European appearance record during his second spell with the Gers.
After returning to Rangers, Ferguson would find himself embroiled in controversy on a number of occasions after falling out with Paul le Guen – leading to the Frenchman’s dismissal as manager – and the Scottish media following a late night drinking session.