Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has insisted that Aaron Ramsey ‘has to start every game’ for the Light Blues between now and the end of the season as he admitted the Gers must ‘live in hope’ of catching Celtic in the title race.
The Welshman was left on the bench against Braga, prompting complaints from Rangers fans, and Ferguson is adamant the Juventus loanee has to come into the side.
While Fergie concedes that Ramsey may not be 100% fit, he thinks the Rangers star should be banging down Gio van Bronckhorst’s door telling him he’s ready.
“I thought in the Celtic game, he had a good one,” Ferguson told Go Radio. “He gets off to a flier with the goal and then some decent passages of play came through him.
“Did I think he would play against Braga? But that tells me he is still not ready to play three games in a week. He isn’t 100% fit.
“There’s no doubt in my mind next Thursday (the second leg against Braga) he starts that match. But you also need to live in hope that you can catch Celtic.
For me, Ramsey has to play. I would be banging down the manager’s door and saying I am ready, I am available. Whenever you need me, I’m ready.
“There’s six weeks left of the season and potentially 12 games. He could be the difference in these big games, and Rangers have a number of them coming up. He has to start every game.”
Having come off after an hour against Celtic before watching the Braga game from the bench, if Ramsey isn’t in the starting XI tomorrow there will be plenty of raised eyebrows.
With Rangers paying a decent sum for the Welshman’s services for six months, his continued absence from the side is quickly turning the deal into a complete farce.