Rangers have made a controversial decision involving Barry Ferguson ahead of the Weekend of Legends II clash at Ibrox on Sunday.

What’s the story?

Well, the 45-year-old has been chosen to captain the Rangers Legends as they prepare to take on a World Legends side in Glasgow this weekend.

Ferguson has been given the honour of wearing the armband after making 284 appearances for Rangers across two separate spells at Ibrox, scoring 43 goals while also providing 27 assists.

The Scot etched himself into Rangers folklore during his stints from 1997 to 2003, before returning to Ibrox in 2005 to 2009.

However, a number of fans have voiced their discontent about the decision, mainly due to his past comments about Rangers in a number of media outlets.

The club’s official Twitter post announcing that Ferguson would be captain was met with complaints, with most referring to him stating that his League Cup win with Birmingham in 2011 beats anything he did with Rangers.

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He told the Daily Record: “I’ve thought about it long and hard and I’d have to say this is my biggest achievement in the game. A few of my mates have asked me the question and I think this is the tops.

“I’ve played in finals and won medals north of the border and if I’m honest, it’s probably a bigger achievement than reaching the UEFA Cup Final too. That was great but it’s a lot different from the Champions League.”

That is despite the fact Ferguson had won five Scottish Premiership titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups before that 2011 League Cup victory with Birmingham over Arsenal.

Rangers right to name Barry Ferguson as captain

Despite plenty of uproar over the decision, you can see why Rangers have given Ferguson the armband.

Ferguson is regarded by many as a bonafide Rangers legend, winning an MBE for his services to the Gers, while also earning a place in the Rangers Hall Of Fame by the age of 26.

Everybody is entitled to an opinion, and while many clearly disagree with some of the comments Ferguson has previously shared to the media, his viewpoint has to be respected.

Hopefully, those inside Ibrox on Sunday welcome him back to a positive environment, and create a tremendous atmosphere for the Weekend of Legends II clash.

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