Barry Ferguson’s anti-football comments on stopping Celtic captain

Barry Ferguson’s disgraceful anti-football comments about stopping Celtic captain Callum McGregor in this weekend’s Glasgow Derby shocking but hardly surprising from an ex Ibrox player…

Callum McGregor at full time in the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 04, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Rangers FC captain Barry Ferguson has a simple solution to stop our returning to form inspirational captain Callum McGregor having a controlling influence on Saturday’s Glasgoww Derby at Celtic Park.

“If he does turn you, take a foul”

To put it simply wee Barry reckons giving Callum a fly kick and stopping him in his tracks is the way forward to keeping the trophy laden midfield playmaker quiet.

Speaking on Go Radio, Ferguson said: Go Radio: “He (McGregor) starts the attacks. They’re just little passes but they’re important passes. Rangers need to make sure Callum McGregor is facing back to Joe Hart every time he gets the ball. And if he does turn you, take a foul.”

Celtic v Hearts –  Joe Hart left with Callum McGregor after the victory in the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park on Saturday May 4, 2024.  Photo Andrew Milligan

How backward thinking is that? Using tactics of a bygone era to try and make strides in a modern day football match. But it’s certainly not surprising especially coming from an ex Ibrox skipper.

The John Greig versus Jimmy Johnstone mindset

Rangers FC always had a reputation for such tactics – their greatest ever players voted by their fans was John Greig, a tough tackling defender while Celtic’s was Jimmy Johnstone a supremely talented ball player and winger.  There’s the difference right there.

The new club have also inherited that trait and have a reputation of adopting such stifling tactics, or to give it a much more modern term the ‘anti-football’ method.

Celtic v St Mirren – Callum McGregor applauds the fans after the Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday April 13, 2024. Photo Jane Barlow

Celtic on the other hand have a reputation of playing the  game the way it should be. To borrow a phrase from a great man, Jock Stein, ‘ pure beautiful, inventive football. that’s the Celtic way and always will be.

Maybe take it as a compliment?

Comments such as Barry Ferguson’s is typical of the Ibrox mindset, passed down through their football clubs, and is one of the reasons football is in this country continues to stand still.

Callum McGregor is a talented player and should maybe take it as a compliment, but we must heed these sort of tactics on Saturday and make sure football is the real winner.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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1 Comment

  1. What do you expect from a tax dodging Ned like Ferguson?. A classless individual who, after a night on the bevy, stuck two fingers up to the Scottish support. It says much about the Daily Record that they employ this individual. I suspect he’s plumbed depths that even the Daily Ranger may feel obliged to act on and hopefully sack him, as he fully deserves. If they don’t then ban the paper and its hacks from Celtic Park

    Note to Collum make sure you have your red card at the ready (hint record Lundstram and Soutar’s name in advance.

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