Barry Ferguson Speaks Out Against Harassment of Rangers Players

Barry Ferguson has criticized the behavior of a persistent fan who confronted Todd Cantwell at the airport following Rangers’ defeat to Celtic last weekend. The incident sheds light on the growing issue of fans harassing players in pursuit of social media recognition.

The incident took place when the Ibrox midfielder, Todd Cantwell, was approached by a supporter with a camera in hand. The supporter filmed Cantwell’s reaction as he posed a provocative question, asking, “Cantwell, did you enjoy that game yesterday?” Despite the apparent nonchalance displayed by the Gers playmaker in the clip, Barry Ferguson expressed his frustration over the fact that Cantwell had to endure such a moment merely for the sake of garnering ‘likes’ on Twitter.

Reflecting on his own experiences, Ferguson admitted that he, too, had not always been able to avoid abuse during his playing days, occasionally succumbing to the urge to respond. However, he strongly believes that such incidents should not be part of the daily lives of players when they are off the pitch, simply trying to go about their personal lives away from the game.

“I can’t get my head around why some think it’s okay to follow players and their families around, trying to provoke them, and then posting the encounters on social media,” Ferguson wrote in his Daily Record column, highlighting the disturbing trend. “It happened to Todd Cantwell at the airport this week. It happened to Jota last year, and it has happened to me plenty of times in the past. It’s not right, and it is so difficult not to retaliate.”

Ferguson commended Todd Cantwell for not taking the bait on that particular day, acknowledging that reacting to such provocation would have only exacerbated matters. He confessed, “I can’t say I always managed to turn the other cheek, but it’s sad that people think it’s acceptable to behave this way solely for a few ‘likes’ on Twitter. I don’t mind admitting I’m pretty old school in that I don’t do social media, but if players of this generation want to get involved, that’s fine.”

However, Ferguson offered a word of caution to today’s players who embrace social media. He warned them against posting content after winning games that could be perceived as gloating or provoking the opposition, emphasizing that such actions could come back to haunt them. Ultimately, he stressed that players should be allowed to lead their lives in peace when they are away from the pitch or the training ground, free from the specter of harassment by overzealous fans seeking online validation.