Barry Ferguson has claimed that his nephew Lewis wouldn’t be stopped by the family association with Rangers if Celtic were to spring a move for the Aberdeen midfielder. Ferguson has been tipped to join Celtic in the summer as part of the plans to reset after the successes of 9IAR and Quadruple Treble.
Speaking to Go Radio, Ferguson said that he doesn’t believe that the issue would play on Lewis’ mind too heavily – even if his dad (Derek) and uncle (Barry) played their football at Ibrox.
“I don’t think he would have a problem with that. Just for the simple fact I know a lot of people go on about his dad playing with Rangers and, obviously, I’m his uncle and that I played with rangers. In Lewis’ head, he wouldn’t even consider that. I know for a fact he is going to have options because obviously, lewis is a top young player.”
However, Ferguson – perhaps cheekily – said that if his nephew cross Glasgow’s divide that neither he nor Derek would speak to him.
“We just need to wait and see but I don’t think that would cross his mind. The only issue he would have is his uncle wouldn’t speak to him for a long long time.”
In truth, the family connection is probably too great for Ferguson and other targets – like St Johnstone’s Ali McCann – may be more prudent. Ferguson is likely keen to follow in the footsteps of his family but he would be a powerful and tenacious acquisition for Celtic, which might add some steel to the midfield.
The 21-year-old has scored ten goals and assisted five for the Dons this season, attracting interest from Watford, Rangers and potentially even Celtic for his performances. The player even scored against Celtic in the draw at Pittodrie a few weeks ago. He may well be keen to stay at Aberdeen under Stephen Glass, who is giving him the ability to play higher up the park with the protection of players behind him.
Celtic are undergoing an enormous rebuilding job as Eddie Howe is expected to be announced. A new DOF is also a priority but the trail has gone cold in that regard. Dominic McKay will hope that his new manager is able to piece together a Premiership winning team despite the vast outgoings expected this summer.