Barry Ferguson has acknowledged the disappointment among Rangers fans over the club’s failure to secure the signing of Lawrence Shankland. While understanding the fans’ sentiments, Ferguson has called on them to place their trust in manager Philippe Clement’s judgement.
The Hearts centre-forward had been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox throughout the January transfer window. Speculations hinted at a potential deal if Rangers met the asking price set by Tynecastle. Shankland himself was reportedly eager for the move, and Ferguson believes he could have been the ideal solution to Rangers’ striker concerns.
Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show on February 2 at 10:35, Ferguson expressed his views, stating, “Personally, I thought he would have done an excellent job at Rangers. It’s interesting to hear the two Celtic supporters saying the same thing about him.”
Addressing concerns about Shankland’s age and resale value, Ferguson added, “For £3 million at 28, resale value. I’m with the last caller, I don’t really buy into all of that. I think he’s good enough at this moment in time to score goals for Rangers or Celtic at this time, so I can see why Rangers fans are disappointed that they didn’t go and get him.”
Despite his personal belief in Shankland’s potential contribution, Ferguson emphasized the importance of trusting Clement’s decision-making. “But listen, the manager has made the decision and you’ve got to trust him with the job that he’s done since he came through the door,” he concluded.
The Rangers faithful may be disheartened by the missed opportunity, but Ferguson’s message encourages supporters to have confidence in the manager’s overall vision for the team.