By James Black
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson revealed more details about the bust-up with Paul le Guen which almost ended his Ibrox career in 2006.
The midfielder has previously spoken about the fall-out which ultimately lead to the Frenchman’s dismissal as Gers manager but has added some new detail over the conversation he had with Le Guen when he was told he wouldn’t play for the club again.
Ferguson had previously revealed that while Le Guen was telling his players, “It’s OK. We must stick together”, according to his Daily Record column, the Ibrox captain hit back with “it’s not ******* OK that we’ve lost another three points. What part of that don’t you get? This is Glasgow Rangers you are working for”
In the second part of his sit-down interview with Si Ferry for Open Goal, Ferguson expands on that and tells how he was summoned to Le Guen’s office at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground to be told his Rangers career was over.
“Yves Colleu came in and told me, ‘The manager wants to see you’,” Ferguson told Ferry, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“I went into his office, was about to sit down when I was told, ‘Don’t sit down. That’s you finished – you won’t play for Rangers again’.
“Five or 10 seconds later, I was about to say something when he said, ‘Please leave’. So I walked out and went to get my bag.
“At that stage I was in a complete daze because the boys were getting changed, some were walking in.
“I had to get out; my head had gone and I would probably have done something stupid – I’m not scared to admit that – I probably would have.
“I had to get out as quickly as possible. People were shouting at me – ‘Where are you going?’ So I ignored everybody. I had to get out of that situation.”
A few weeks later – and one tumultous match at Motherwell where Kris Boyd made a six-finger salute – Le Guen was gone from Ibrox and Ferguson won a reprieve.
Walter Smith quickly came in to replace the former Lyon boss and restored Ferguson to the side.
Ferguson played a total of 427 games for the Gers over two spells with the club and lifted five Scottish titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups as well as playing more European games for the Light Blues than any other player in history.