Having long been a Rangers family, the Ferguson’s have quite the connection to the Glasgow giants. Indeed, Derek and younger brother Barry both played for the Gers. Derek was a talented midfielder who started his career at Ibrox before playing most of his career with the likes of Heart of Midlothian. Barry, by contrast, spend two prolonged spells at Rangers, winning numerous domestic titles and captaining the club in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. Now, a third Ferguson might join the list – Lewis.
Lewis currently plays for Aberdeen, domestic rivals of Rangers in the SPFL. However, the player has become a major part of the Aberdeen first team since he broke through as a youngster and has cemented himself as their key asset. However, recent news of a formal transfer request has taken the club by surprise. Seen as content to stay at Pittodrie under new coach Stephen Glass, Ferguson has instead shocked the Dons by asking to make a move.
In a club statement, Aberdeen said: “Aberdeen Football Club is greatly disappointed to have received a written transfer request from midfielder Lewis Ferguson today.
“This request, made after the Club dismissed what can only be described as an insulting offer from an English Premier League club for one of Scotland’s most talented young midfield players, was rejected immediately.
“The Club holds Lewis in the highest regard. Having made a significant investment to both acquire and develop Lewis, he has a bright future ahead of him as an integral part of Stephen Glass’s squad.”
While news of a move to England has been spoken up, it is believed that Ferguson has his heart set on a move to Ibrox. This would give him the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle.
Will Lewis Ferguson leave Aberdeen?
Despite rejecting the transfer request, these operations tend to only end in one way. With the player still under contract, Aberdeen can at least haggle for a larger fee than they have been offered so far. Rangers are believed to see the youngster as a useful squad addition, helping them to add further legs and, in the long-term, provide a replacement for the veteran Steven Davis and Scott Arfield.
Interestingly, talk of a move to Celtic was prominent in the last few years. With Rangers heading back to the top of the table to win their first league title since they were liquidated and reformed in 2012, Ferguson is believed to feel that now is the time to make his move and carry on the family tradition of playing for Rangers.
A combative and aggressive midfielder, Ferguson is known as much for his stunning midfield finishes as he is his aggressive, abrasive side. Whoever lands the youngster will be grabbing one of the best players in the Scottish league outside of Celtic or Rangers.