A salty clip of former Scottish football broadcaster and prominent Celtic-minded journalist Gerry McNee lambasting the decision to make Barry Ferguson Rangers captain has resurfaced.
McNee was talking after the reinstatement of Ferguson as Gers captain by Walter Smith following the departure of Paul le Guen in 2007.
Barry would go on to carve out a successful second spell at Ibrox, with this clip showing McNee up to have a decidedly distasteful view of both the ex-Gers skipper and the Ibrox club.
“I think what it does show is the poverty of this Rangers team and this Rangers squad that Walter Smith probably looked around and thought, ‘who the hell do I give it to?’” said McNee.
“There’s no doubt Barry Ferguson has embarrassed his club, he’s embarrassed his chairman, by undermining the previous manager (le Guen).
“Players are there to play, managers are there to manage. I think you’ll find the chairman will be very unhappy with him.
“He brought in a manager of great promise who’s no longer there, I know things weren’t working out on the field, but if the manager feels he’s being undermined – and remember he’s coming into a different culture – it makes it even more difficult for him.
“Barry’s gang hut is still intact and his allies are still there, Kris Boyd seems to be one of them, but that gang hut might not be there this time next year.”
Well, Gerry McNee, that gang hut would go on to secure a cup double and a Scottish Premier League titles in the following two seasons, with Sir Walter outsmarting your beloved Celtic to go and win three titles in a row.
The Gers would also reach a UEFA Cup Final in 2008 with Ferguson and Boyd in the team.
The embittered broadcaster was one of the most prominent journalists of his era but his talents were infamously intertwined with a real rancour towards Rangers.
At times, this bitterness led McNee to adopt several stories in the press regarding Rangers which fans remain clear are fundamentally untrue.
This includes claiming the famous Bouncy celebration is done in relation to a sectarian murder in Northern Ireland, something Rangers fans branded “a disgraceful slur”.
Rangers’ difficult relationship with journalists who don’t particularly like the Ibrox club continues to this day but the Gers have now adopted a very different approach to the press.