Ex-Rangers star helps steady Premier League ship amid manager crisis
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Ex-Rangers star helps steady Premier League ship amid manager crisis

Former Rangers star Duncan Ferguson has left a short but lasting managerial impression on Premier League side and former club Everton over the last few weeks.

Following the sacking of former Toffees boss Marco Silva, the iconic Scottish hardman striker steadied the ship at Goodison and held the fort until a new boss was appointed.

Earning two draws and a win in the Premier League and narrowly being beaten in the Carabao Cup on penalties, Ferguson leaves the Everton hot-seat in a better place than he found it.

With legendary Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti now set to take charge at the Merseyside club, Ferguson will now form part of the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss’ backroom staff.

His relationship with the Everton fans, exemplified by this touching exchange with supporters following the 0-0 draw with Arsenal, will be invaluable.

Ferguson moved to Everton from Rangers as he sought refuge in England after a controversial spell in Scotland.

Signed by the Ibrox club from Dundee United for a British record £4m in 1993, Ferguson was infamously found guilty of assault for a headbutt on Raith Rovers defender John McStay.

As it was his third conviction Ferguson served a three-month prison sentence but issues arose with the Scottish Football Association after they banned Big Dunc for 12 games before the court passed judgment.

This lead to a bad taste being left in the mouth of the big striker who would never add to his seven Scotland caps and who joined Everton on-loan only a year after signing for Rangers.

After the move was made permanent, Duncan Ferguson would move to Newcastle United for £8m before coming back to Everton two years later.

That £3.75m move would be his last and Ferguson would eventually retire at Goodison Park.

Former Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson remains a legend at Premier League Everton. Mandatory Credit: David Rogers/Allsport

His legacy at the club remains and the big striker clearly retains a special place in the hearts of the Evertonian supporters.

Ferguson isn’t the only ex-Ger who’s been taking charge in the Premier League recently either.

Rangers fans have been reacting to the news that former midfielder Mikel Arteta has taken over at Arsenal.