Darren Bent believes that Lewis Ferguson would fit in well at Glasgow Rangers due to his connection with former Gers midfielder Barry Ferguson, who is the 20-year-old’s uncle.
The Gers have been linked with a move for the midfielder, who has impressed so far this campaign with Aberdeen. In 38 games in all competitions, he has scored three goals and provided nine assists, and that has led to his current employers reportedly wanting well in excess of £1.75m, which is the record fee they have received to date for one of their players.
Bent, though, believes that he would do well with Gers based on the fact that he understands the Ibrox outfit. He told Football Insider:
“It’s a completely different kettle of fish, Celtic and Rangers are massive, completely the two biggest things that are up there so it helps if someone you’re signing knows the culture, the club, what it takes to succeed.
Would you like to sign Lewis Ferguson?
“We’ve seen players go to big clubs – not just Celtic and Rangers – but big clubs in the Premier League and can’t handle it, they just can’t cope.
“He’s the nephew of [Barry] Ferguson, son of Derek, so he’ll know that club better than anyone and that’s a big, big positive for them. There’s no convincing they’ve got to do there, they haven’t got to try nurture someone – he’s seen his dad and Barry do it, so the task becomes easier.”
Indeed, the scrutiny at both of the Glasgow clubs is huge compared to the rest of the clubs in the country, but Ferguson does have that added bonus of having grown up around those who have excelled with the 54-time Scottish champions. Uncle Barry is one of the best players in the club’s history, for example.
Of course, it will still be a step up for the youngster, but as Bent says, he is better prepared than most for the challenge. It remains to be seen where he now ends up.
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