Rangers legend Ian Ferguson has questioned the current crop of players for lacking physicality and doesn’t believe they have the bite they need to deal with some of the Scottish Premiership’s tougher sides.
The former midfielder, one of the nine-in-a-row heroes, is worried that Graeme Murty’s side struggles to deal with teams who are up for a battle.
When talking about the kind of challenges he and his teammates would put in on the opposition, Ferguson revealed that they would often stand on them after, which greatly differs to what the current crop does.
Speaking on the Heart and Hand podcast, Ferguson said when asked if today’s players were a soft touch: “We’ve got players that are making challenges and then picking them up.
“We’re too nice and we’ve got to get away from that and back to ruthlessness.
“I think they are missing that physicality and I think it’s something that’s been missing for a long time.”
Ferguson also shed some light on the club’s poor home form which has been shocking – seven defeats at Ibrox is almost unthinkable – and the 51-year-old commented on the situation by saying: “Ibrox should be a fortress and it always was a fortress.”
Football Insider verdict:
Ferguson is right, pretty much on everything he had to say about his old side. The Light Blues are nowhere near nasty enough and lack an aggressiveness that is needed in football and that if controlled can take you to the next level. As a former player of the great nine-in-a-row days, Ferguson was part of a team that had that personality and grit and physicality that were necessary to consistently succeed. Murty needs more scrappers in the team – a Scott Brown sort of figure who can rip into the opposition and not be afraid of putting a foot in.
In other Rangers news, Gers 24-year-old needs to handle criticism if he is going to last at Ibrox.