Rangers icon Barry Ferguson has admitted that the infamous picture of him and Allan McGregor gesturing to photographers while on the bench for Scotland cost him his Scotland and Rangers career.

Ferguson and McGregor had been dropped to the bench after the ‘Boozegate’ row and both made v-signs to the photographers pitchside – leading to suspensions from Ibrox boss Walter Smith and Fergie eventually leaving the club that summer.

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on May 03, 2014 in Blackpool, England.

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McGregor eventually returned to the Scotland fold but Ferguson would turn down the chance to return and win the four caps needed to go into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

“My own silly mistake didn’t just end my Scotland career, it ended my Rangers career,” Ferguson said on the Fergie Time podcast, as quoted by Football Scotland.

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“That picture of me. Argh, it’s a sore one. I was so close to the Hall of Fame. Forty-six caps. It’s all I could think about during the night and day.”

The row saw both players severely punished by Rangers, with Ferguson playing a bit-part role in the final weeks of the season before leaving.

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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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Despite the fall-out, Ferguson was still given the chance to lift the Scottish Premiership trophy on the final day with skipper Davie Weir after beating Dundee United on the final day.

Fergie is now manager of Lowland League side Kelty Hearts as they look to win promotion to the SPFL but saw his side knocked out of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup at the weekend.

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