Barry Ferguson has said that Rangers should have tried to bring Lewis Ferguson to Ibrox.
Ferguson has said that he is disappointed and frustrated that Rangers did not try to make a deal with Aberdeen for his nephew Lewis.
Lewis Ferguson was on the books of Rangers from 2009 until 2013 when he joined Hamilton Academical’s youth set up.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder did well at Hamilton and moved to Aberdeen in 2018.
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During his time at Aberdeen, Ferguson established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the Scottish Premiership.
The Scotland international is now at Bologna.
Ferguson moved to the Italian club in the summer of 2022.
The Scottish Sun reported in May 2021 that Rangers were tracking Ferguson at the time, but there were no reports of a concrete bid.
Rangers told they should have signed Lewis Ferguson
Barry Ferguson said, as transcribed by HITC: “I think Lewis is good enough to go and make that step. He has come on leaps and bounds as a footballer. His overall game has improved. You can see it with the coaching.
“You know what the Italians are like. I have played with Italians and they go on about how they are coached over there. His positional sense on the pitch is a lot better now than it was at Aberdeen. If he produces, similar to Hickey, then teams are going to look at him.
“I am disappointed that Rangers didn’t show any interest. I was surprised because I thought he was really good for Aberdeen. Sometimes he never played in his favoured position. He was more of a holding midfielder then.
“I like him further forward. Let him off the leash a little. A bit like John McGinn. Getting into people’s faces and getting into the box, then when he plays that position, he is a real threat – it frustrates me, at times, when a former club (Rangers) doesn’t look at guys like Lewis.”
Lewis Ferguson flourishing in Italy
It is not always easy for a player to move to Serie A from the Scottish Premiership and be successful.
But, Lewis Ferguson is doing just that.
The Serie A is a much tougher and more competitive domestic league than the Scottish Premiership.
And, that Ferguson is doing well in the Italian top flight shows just how good a player he is.
The playmaker has scored one goal in three Serie A appearances for Bologna so far this season.
Ferguson made 27 starts and five substitute appearances in Serie A last season.
The attacking midfielder scored seven goals in those games.