Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is excited by what he is seeing from Steven Gerrard’s side in recent weeks as they look to impress at home and in Europe and thinks they are a combination of the Dick Advocaat and Walter Smith sides he played in at Ibrox.

Ferguson burst to prominence under Advocaat when he replaced Smith at the end of his first reign in charge before playing a key role under the Ibrox icon when he made his return to the club after the shambolic Paul le Guen era.

Rangers DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24: Barry Ferguson of Rangers celebrates winning the Scottish Premier League trophy after the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee United and Rangers at Tanadice Park on May 24, 2009 in Dundee, Scotland.
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The ex-Rangers star thinks the current side have the flair of Advocaat’s side and spirit of Smith’s, giving them “half a chance” at success this season.

“I’m often asked what team I preferred and it’s a question I can’t answer. I loved being part of them both,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.

“And that’s why I’m excited by what I’m seeing from this current team because it looks to me like a combination of the two of them.

“They have the flair and confidence of Advocaat’s team and the spirit and hunger of Walter’s. And that gives them half a chance.”

The comparisons with the two sides is a bold one from Ferguson but the most important aspect of it is that the Smith and Advocaat sides both won trophies.

Until Gerrard’s side do the same, any comparisons – particularly whn it comes to “spirit and hunger” seem a bit wide of the mark.

Hopefully though, that changes this season and the Gers can get their hands on silverware for the first time in a decade.

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