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Barry Ferguson not worried about Kelty step-down

Kelty Hearts are potentially just hours away from announcing Barry Ferguson as their new manager.

The Rangers legend has been waiting patiently for another shot in management, and Kelty could be set to provide him with it. According to the Daily Record, a deal has been agreed and we are now awaiting the official statement.

The immediate question that will be put towards Ferguson is why he’s dropping down so many levels. Kelty operate in the Lowland League, but are top of the division. They also hope to be promoted through the playoff system this season, granting them entry into Scottish League Two.

Barry Ferguson deserves a proper crack at football management (Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Ferguson spoke in the Scottish Sun about why he was happy to drop down into the lower reaches of the game to kick-start his managerial career once more.

“I spoke with a couple of clubs over the last seven to ten days. One matched the ambition. It took me aback if I’m honest. Over my time out I’ve had various offers. Out of respect I spoke to the clubs. I went to speak to Kelty, and their ambition and drive was right up my street.

“They are revamping their pitch and building a new stand, and have a clear vision of where they want to go. Other clubs I spoke to didn’t have that. It’s about taking them to where they want to go and they want to be the best they can be. It just ticked the boxes for me.

“I can’t pick and choose. I want to coach and make people better. Kelty showed ambition and drive that excited me. Other clubs were great, but they didn’t show the same ambition”

Deserves a break

If anyone deserves a break in football management, it’s Ferguson. Firstly, he took over a Blackpool side in crisis. It was a success just to put a team on the pitch during his time down south after a short spell playing for the club.

Afterwards, another thankless task at Clyde saw him leave with the club positioned eighth in League Two. Ferguson has yet to experience football management with a club with ambition and resource. Thankfully for him, Kelty appear to be providing that.

Ferguson is an icon at Ibrox due to his success (Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Whether he can work his way through the divisions remains to be seen. He certainly has a very difficult task on his hands when it comes to rebuilding his shattered managerial reputation. Bringing Kelty into the SPFL, however, would be a fantastic start.

A deal, as mentioned previously, has reportedly been agreed. Official word on the matter is expected to be heard later on in the day.

Everyone at Rangers News wishes Ferguson a successful time with Kelty Hearts, should the deal be finalised.

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