Barry Ferguson, whose future at Rangers is uncertain after his behaviour while on international duty for Scotland, can forget about joining Zenit St Petersburg, according to Dick Advocaat. The Dutch coach made Ferguson his captain during his spell as manager of the Ibrox club, but insisted Tuesday that he had no plans to lure the 31-year-old midfielder to Russia.
Ferguson was stripped of the Rangers' captaincy, suspended without pay for two weeks, and told he would never play for his country again after a drinking binge after Scotland's defeat to Netherlands. He and team-mate Allan McGregor then compounded their plight when caught making V-signs on the substitutes' bench in last week's win over Iceland.
Advocaat, while still an admirer of Ferguson, told Tuesday's Daily Record he had no intention of trying to sign him. "I was asked if I would be interested in signing Barry if he is leaving Rangers in the summer. My answer was clear. If I did not have a player for that position then Ferguson would have been one of my choices - but I don't need a player for that position," he told the paper.
The former Netherlands coach added: "(Anatoly) Timoschuk has done an excellent job for me and is a real quality player. So, in principle, I have no need for Barry."
Commenting on Ferguson's situation he commented: "I find what happened strange. But then, I believe Barry has been at the club for too long. It is better for him to leave Rangers and get a new motivation. I think he is still a great player but not for Rangers any more. Walter Smith will realise this because he is a very bright man."
Meanwhile Rangers striker Kris Boyd insisted once more that he wanted to play for Scotland again when George Burley was no longer manager. In October, Boyd said he would not represent his country while Burley was in charge after being left out on several occasions by the former Ipswich and Hearts boss.
"Who knows, maybe in 20 years' time I will look back and say to myself: 'I wish I hadn't done that'," said Boyd. "But at that time, the best thing for me was concentrating fully on playing for Rangers.
"I've never said I'll not play for Scotland again. Hopefully in the future I can be a better striker for Scotland if they need me. I said at the time I wanted to play for my country again at some stage in the future and that has not changed. But my focus is on Rangers and being part of a successful team. That's always been my priority."