Long-term Rangers target in £40m Champions League clash claim

Long-term Rangers target in £40m Champions League clash claim

As Rangers prepare to face off against Union Saint Gilloise, one long-term Ibrox target in Bologna-bound Lewis Ferguson could’ve been lining up for the Belgian side had things gone differently.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League qualifying clash, ex-Aberdeen midfielder Ferguson has revealed that he had the chance to move to USG before signing with Serie A Bologna.

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Joining the Italians in a reported £3m deal [Daily Record], the move signalled an end of years of speculation linking the Scotland international to Ibrox.

But if Lewis Ferguson had chosen differently, it would’ve been a matter of months between him leaving Scotland and returning to Rangers’ famous ground.

This comes after Union Saint Gilloise drew Rangers in Champions League QR3 and in the hunt for the £40m prize of Group Stage qualification.

“There were a few options in Europe and USG was one of them,” said Ferguson [Daily Mail].

“We had to have a serious chat and think about things and make sure I made the right decision on what felt right for me.

“Bologna felt like the right choice and I was delighted to come here. But I did have a wee laugh and texted my agent Bill McMurdo when I saw the Champions League draw.

“Belgium was an option and it would have been a good experience to play against Rangers in a Champions League qualifier.

“Ultimately, I feel as though I made the right choice by coming to Italy with Bologna.”

Bologna-bound Lewis Ferguson had chance to move to Rangers’ CL opponents USG

Ex-Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson put an end to years of speculation linking the player to Rangers by signing a four-year deal with Bologna.

Following in the footsteps of other young Scottish players such as Lewis Henderson or Aaron Hickey, the son of ex-Ibrox midfielder Derek and nephew of former captain Barry becomes the latest young Scot to move to Italy.

Still only 22, something tells us this won’t be the last time Lewis Ferguson is linked with a move to Rangers even if fans are split on whether or not he would be a suitable signing.

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But how different might things have been had Lewis Ferguson moved to Union Saint Gilloise and been lining up against Rangers in the Champions League qualifiers.

Speaking of Rangers and transfers, the Ibrox club have just flexed their £49m muscles to announce a new signing this week.

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