By Saikat Mandal

9th Dec, 2022 | 9:40am

Pundit 'shocked' as Rangers missed trick by not signing Lewis Ferguson

Barry Ferguson is “shocked” Rangers missed a trick by not showing an interest in signing Lewis Ferguson from Aberdeen when the opportunity arrived.

Italian club Bologna signed the midfielder for around £2m in the summer of 2022. He has impressed in Italy and Barry Ferguson, who’s Lewis’ uncle, believes the 23-year-old will be priced out of ever pulling on a Rangers shirt.

The football pundit has suggested that his nephew would have been ideal for the Glasgow giants, and it’s a “shame” that the Bears have missed out on him.

“For £2m it wasn’t even a gamble. On one hand, I was shocked that Rangers didn’t show any interest whatsoever in him. But, on the other, I wasn’t even remotely surprised,” wrote Ferguson for The Daily Record.

“If that makes any sense. Rangers have always looked on their doorstep for the best young talent. From the likes of Ryan Jack way back to the days of Neil McCann – bringing in the best emerging Scottish talent is important for the club’s identity. Lewis fitted that bill perfectly but Rangers missed a trick with him as well as one or two others.

“He would have been ideal for them. I’m not saying he would have been a certain starter but just being around guys like Jack, Steve Davis and Scott Arfield would have brought him on leaps and bounds.

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“But Bologna saw something in him that Rangers didn’t and now, if he continues the form he was showing before the World Cup, my old club couldn’t even think about affording him. It’s a shame but it’s also a sign that things are far from right on the recruitment side of things.”


Rangers can easily afford to spend £2m, and Lewis could have been a bargain signing for them when the opportunity arose.

Michael Beale should be looking to make a wholesome change to the midfield next summer. 

He doesn’t need to make drastic changes in January, but definitely, new faces and fresh legs are required in this department. 

Ryan Jack has only a few months left on his current deal, and there is no guarantee that he will be given a new contract. 

Steven Davis is a veteran at the club. He has been a great servant for the Bears, but surely it won’t be wise to continue keeping a player who will turn 38 in January. 

Likewise, Scott Arfield has been impressive this season. But the Bears must plan to replace him as well, considering he is fast entering the twilight of his career. 

Beale has made a strong indication already that he will look to revive the form of Glen Kamara, but he needs to make a lot of changes to the midfield next summer. 

In other Rangers news, this prolific goalscorer is “excited” by speculation linking him with a move to Ibrox in January.