Barry Ferguson Criticizes England’s Snub of Rangers’ Butland as a “Slap in the Face for Scottish Football”

Jack Butland’s omission from the recent England squad has sparked controversy, with former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson labeling it as a “slap in the face for Scottish football.” Ferguson expressed his disbelief at Gareth Southgate’s selection, questioning the decision to overlook Butland in favor of other goalkeepers.

“I was watching the announcement and I couldn’t believe it – and I’m not just saying this because he’s the Rangers goalkeeper. I honestly don’t know what to say. The keepers that were picked in front of him, yes, they’re good keepers. But are they better than Jack Butland? I don’t think so,” Ferguson stated.

Ferguson highlighted Butland’s exceptional performance for Rangers, emphasizing the high concentration levels required in Scottish football, where winning every game is the norm. “Jack Butland might not have to make 10, 12, or 15 saves during a game and certainly not when Rangers are playing at Ibrox. But if he’s only having to make one or two saves during 90 minutes, it means his concentration levels are sky high. That tells me the guy is focused and tuned right in,” Ferguson explained.

Expressing his frustration, Ferguson criticized the selection process, suggesting a disregard for Scottish football. “It cracks me up. It’s a slap in the face for Scottish football. Why hasn’t he made that squad – because he’s playing up here? I keep saying to people, Jack Butland might not have to make 10, 12 or 15 saves during a game and certainly not when Rangers are playing at Ibrox,” Ferguson remarked.

Concluding his remarks, Ferguson underscored the immense pressure Butland faces as a Rangers goalkeeper, highlighting the expectations to deliver consistently. “What they don’t realize is the pressure he’s playing under in every single game. As a Rangers keeper, you’re expected to win every game and produce the goods up here. He’s under more pressure than any of the other keepers in that squad,” Ferguson concluded.