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Thursday, January 18, 2007
'I thought I was finished at Rangers' - Ferguson

Barry Ferguson believed his Rangers career was over and his relationship with chairman Sir David Murray ruined after falling out with former manager Paul Le Guen.

The Scotland skipper was stripped of the Rangers captaincy and axed from the first team by Le Guen at the start of January, after being accused of trying to undermine the Frenchman's authority.

And when Ferguson was called into Murray's Edinburgh office for talks about his future, the 28-year-old expected to be told to prepare for a transfer.

Ferguson told The Sun: 'I can confess now that when I went to meet the chairman I thought I was finished at Rangers.'

The pair had always been close, however Ferguson explained: 'There had been strains on our relationship with all that had happened. But we sat and chatted about things that will always stay confidential.

'I gave him my side of the story and it was left up to Walter Smith whether I would stay.'

Nine days after being stripped of his duties by Le Guen, the Frenchman was gone and Scotland boss Smith resigned to take over at Ibrox.

Ferguson regained the captaincy for Saturday's match against Dundee United, and he added: 'When Walter said I was captain again, all the sadness that had been around me started to clear.'

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