Barry Ferguson v PLG ? - No Contest

Last updated : 02 January 2007 By Number Eight
This news will reverberate through the Scottish game and have sporting scribes across the country scrabbling for information on an unexpected and shock development.

Ferguson is Rangers` best player, and a fall-out with the manager is to be regretted, but when player and manager cross swords, there can only be one winner, and it isn`t the player.

My own feedback from the Rangers camp, limited as it is, suggests that the dressing room is not an entirely happy place, and after the players apparently downed tools last season under the previous manager, the rot had to be stopped, emphatically and quite ruthlessly, and PLG appears to have done just that.

I back him 100%. If a manager is to build, shape and mould a team in his own image, he must be allowed to make key decisions, and axing Barry Ferguson certainly falls into that category.

Today`s news will upset and anger many supporters, particularly as we are enduring a less than convincing spell on the field, but they must realise that to back the player over the manager would see the club in chaos, and with no end in sight.

David Murray will be aware of these developments and will, rightly, have backed the manager, although he will undoubtedly be disappointed at this latest course of events.

This is a sad day for the Rangers Family, and we should put on record our gratitude for the role played by Barry Ferguson at the club, and wish him well for the future, but the gaze of the support should now be on the transfer market, and how strongly our newly knighted chairman is going to back his manager.

January should be a busy month at Ibrox.