Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Blackburn's Barry Ferguson Dilemma

Barry Ferguson, who indicated in December that he was happy playing for England's Blackburn Rovers, handed in a transfer request last week, with the view that he would head back to Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.

This came after Rangers' STG3 million transfer bid for their former captain was turned down, considered a derisory bid by Rovers since they paid STG6.5 million for him (with STG2.1 million of that amount still to be paid).

Rovers chief executive John Williams has said that the decision on whether to grant Ferguson's transfer request would be on Monday in a board meeting, the same day the senior team plays Bolton Wanderers at home.

Rovers will not be forced into taking a particular position, as they have the financial clout to keep the Scotland captain, and at least demand their money back.

In his time at Rovers, Ferguson has played an average role and has not lived up to expectations, and his wish for a move is seen as a lack of ambition on the player's part.

Blackburn fans would be very happy to see the back of him, given that a return is made on their club's investment.

Barry Ferguson's appearance against Bolton, or lack of appearance, should be the biggest indicator to his immediate future at the club.

An appearance should mean that he will not be sold in the January transfer window, to play a part in Rovers' English Premiership survival battle, whether his transfer request is granted or not.

A non-appearance should see him move away from Ewood Park in the immediate future.

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