Ferguson 'sick' at captaincy snub

January 3, 2007

Barry Ferguson's agent has revealed how the deposed Rangers captain was left feeling 'physically sick' when he was stripped of the armband.

The midfielder, 28, looks unlikely to play for the Ibrox club again while Paul Le Guen remains as manager.

The Gers boss claimed after yesterday's 1-0 Bank of Scotland Premier League win at Motherwell that he had no choice but to axe Ferguson after being undermined by his skipper in the dressing room.

Ferguson's agent, John Viola, said: 'It might be difficult for Barry to look positively on the idea of playing for the manager again.

'How does he convince himself they can go forward together in future?

'Barry is where he is in the game today because of his passion and determination but he's been left feeling physically sick by what has happened to him following the meeting with the manager.

'He is devastated and not a happy camper.'

Viola will hold talks with chairman Sir David Murray in the hope of salvaging Ferguson's Ibrox career.

But he insists there is already interest in his client should he fail to reach a reconciliation with Rangers.

He told the Daily Record: 'Football is a funny business and anything can happen.

'I've come back to this country to get Barry and Sir David to the discussion table and see if we can iron out an agreement.

'If there's no compromise and Rangers say Barry has to go then we will need to look at that situation.

'I've already had calls from two people at the highest level of other clubs concerning Barry's future but I want to talk to the Rangers hierarchy first of all.'