Smith: Ferguson is my captain

Barry Ferguson has been named captain of Rangers by manager Walter Smith for today’s Bank of Scotland Premier League match against Dundee United.

Barry Ferguson has been named captain of Rangers by manager Walter Smith for today’s Bank of Scotland Premier League match against Dundee United.

Ferguson was stripped of the role on January 1 by former boss Paul Le Guen, having fallen out with the Frenchman in a row over the importance of captaincy.

Le Guen also accused Ferguson of attempting to exert too much influence over his team-mates, undermining the manager’s authority in doing so.

But Smith, who returned for a second spell in charge at the club on Wednesday after resigning as Scotland boss, insists national team captain Ferguson deserves to have the Rangers armband back.

“Before recent weeks, Barry was captain of Rangers and captain of Scotland and there was not a question mark against him,” Smith told BBC Radio Scotland.

“A few aspects cropped up between then and now and I just think he’s the best captain at the club and that’s why he’s back in the job again.

“He’s captain now and I would certainly hope there would be no problems between himself and I in the future.”

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