Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson once considered a move to bring legendary Rangers captain Barry Ferguson to Old Trafford, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Rangers gaffer was speaking to popular podcast Open Goal about his time managing at Ibrox and discussed Ferguson’s off-the-record interest.
It came after Barry moved to Blackburn in 2003 and in the early stages of his Rovers career made a huge impression on the English Premier League.
According to McLeish, Sir Alex had one eye on the former Rangers and Scotland captain with a view to signing him for his massively successful Manchester United team.
“There was a spell when Barry was at Blackburn and Alex Ferguson said he was considering going for him,” said McLeish.
“He told me that privately and he definitely thought about it.
“I don’t know if was around when Roy Keane left but he certainly did consider Barry.
“Barry could play any stadium in the world and not be fazed. He had such a belief in himself.”
Ferguson moved to Blackburn for a reported £7.5m fee in 2003 and quickly set about leaving an impression in the club’s midfield.
But tragedy struck only a few months into his Blackburn career when Barry damaged his kneecap in a game against Newcastle United and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Despite being made club captain, Ferguson submitted a transfer request amid interest from Rangers with the midfielder lusting for that will to win and the success at Ibrox.
McLeish has opened up on his time managing Ferguson where he admitted there had been more than a few clashes with the ex-Rangers captain.
“Barry, in my Rangers time with him, there was maybe two or three ding-dongs,” said McLeish.
“But very few and far between.”