The former Ibrox midfielder admits managers from down south and abroad wanted him – but club boards didn’t
FORMER Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson admits he seriously considered a move to the MLS after leaving Rangers.
After Scotland ‘boozegate’ the midfielder didn’t realise the news had gone global.
The midfielder picked up a two week suspension from Rangers and the news had reached America and Australia.
And Ferguson admits managers from down south and abroad wanted him – but club boards didn’t.
Speaking on Simon Ferry’s Open Goal, he said: “I seriously considered going to the MLS just to get away. I had a couple of options to go there.
“Clubs were interested in me, managers wanted me, boards didn’t.”
Fergie admits it crossed his mind that he wouldn’t get a move – when managers would say they wanted him but the board wouldn’t touch him.
However, there was still interest in him and he got his move to Birmingham City.
Ferguson said: “I got a couple of offers from the MLS, Australia and three or four clubs down in the Premier League in England wanted me.
“Only one came back. The managers wanted me – it was Alex.
“Alex knowing me said to me ‘I’m not sure’ while on the phone to me.
“I said ‘are you kidding me on’ he said ‘I’m not sure, have you still got it? have you still got that drive?’
“I was on holiday and I remember I had to go a walk for 30-35 minutes to have a serious think.
“And do you know what? He was bang on.
“He’s put that doubt in me. I phoned him back up and I said take me, I’ll prove to you.
“He spoke to the board, came back to me and we done the deal.
“I had to reinvent myself, everywhere I went it was all about the Scotland thing.
“Even down in Birmingham, when I walked into the dressing room boys were probably thinking “This guy is a f***ing rocket, he’s not right in the head.
“I signed and they said to me ‘you need to take at least 10 pound off’.
“I was shocked, I was too heavy. I’m only 12 stone 9. you need to get to just under 12 stone.
“Fitness wise, it is the fittest I have ever been. I’ve stayed the same weight since I went down there and it was the best thing that had happened to me.
“We went and finished top ten in the Premier League.
“I won the Players’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year and got into the Opta team of the year.
“It was great. I left the family up here and it was my time down there.
“I had to go and make sure I ate right, trained right and done all the right things.
“I obviously owe a lot to Birmingham for what they took the chance on when a lot of clubs were interested and wouldn’t take the chance.
“And I signed a new contract at the end of that season.
Ferguson lifted the League Cup with the English side after beating Arsenal in the final.
And he admits it was a different feeling than lifting titles with Rangers.
He said: “All the pressure was on Arsenal.
“We went out with a game plan. 4-5-1, make it hard again, similar to the UEFA Cup run with Rangers the gaffer said if we go out and try play Arsenal at football they are going to beat us.
“We went out with a game plan, frustrated them and got the win.
“I actually played 80 minutes with two broken ribs – sheer adrenaline got me through it.
“Celebrated after it and I didn’t even go to the night out. I was in my bed and the Doctor had to come and give me injections.
“I missed the celebrations. It was great cause I never thought I’d leave Rangers and win another trophy, let’s be honest.
“To go do that with Birmingham was great.
“I loved my time down there, really good club as well.