Barry Ferguson believes that his nephew Lewis would have no problem joining Celtic if the opportunity came about.
Ferguson has come on leaps and bounds at Pittodrie over the last several years. His display against Celtic last month also left plenty of Hoops supporters impressed with what he had to offer.
Recent reports have suggested that Rangers are keeping tabs on the Aberdeen midfielder [Scottish Sun]. This would make sense given both his father and uncle used to play for the Ibrox club. However, what if Celtic were to make their move for Ferguson? Would his family ties halt a deal from going through?
Not according to his uncle, who said on Go Radio’s Football Show last night that his nephew wouldn’t allow his Ibrox connection to halt a move to Parkhead.
“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.
“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.”
Barry Ferguson opens door for Lewis Ferguson to make Celtic move
For some players, family connections can be too strong to break. The prospect of playing for the team you grew up disliking can sometimes be totally dismissed. But you don’t get the feeling that Ferguson is that kind of character.
He’s always come across as a level-headed young man. A player who will make the best decision for his own career, regardless of wherever that may take him. And let’s be fair, it’s not as if we haven’t had previously Rangers-supporting talents play for us and be successful.
What could be off-putting here, however, is his fee. Watford have reportedly seen a £2million offer rejected for his signature. Dons boss Stephen Glass didn’t give much away on it either, claiming that he simply wouldn’t go unless they were offered “a lot of money” [Scottish Sun].
Celtic don’t need to be splashing the cash on midfielders this summer. There are too many other priority positions that need strengthening before we look at the central-midfield spots.
But even so, Ferguson’s situation is one worth monitoring for Celtic. He’s been developing nicely at Pittodrie for several years now and has become a thorn in our side this season too.
We’ll see what the summer brings. But if Celtic do come calling, it’s difficult to see Lewis turning it down.