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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 May 2006, 09:32 GMT 10:32 UK
Ferguson relief at Le Guen plans
Rangers captain Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson is recovering from an ankle operation
Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson sought assurances about his future at Ibrox before the arrival of Paul Le Guen.

The 28-year-old Scotland midfielder admitted he was preparing himself for a knockback from the former Lyon coach.

"I still haven't had a conversation with the new manager, but I had to find out what he had in mind for me," Ferguson said.

"If the reply had been that he didn't want me and I had to go from the club, I would have accepted that."

However, Le Guen, in his first public utterances since being confirmed as Alex McLeish's successor, has said that Ferguson remained in his plans along with several other Scottish players.
I couldn't believe I had been playing with snapped ligaments
Barry Ferguson

"I wanted to know if I was part of his plans because it's always an unsettling time for players when a new gaffer arrives," said Ferguson.

"I have an awful lot of respect for Paul and what he's done in France with Lyon, so I badly needed to know if he wanted me or not.

"I would have been absolutely gutted, but I would have taken it on the chin."

Meanwhile, Ferguson could return to action in August after surgery to repair damaged ankle ligaments.

Ferguson revealed he had been playing with snapped ligaments since April and now accepts that the operation should have been carried out earlier.

"It's fair to say I left it too long," he said.

"I probably should have had the surgery long before I did. However, I just want to play all the time and try to get the best for Rangers.

"I won't make the same mistake again. I couldn't believe I had been playing with snapped ligaments, but the surgeon told me that I had probably become immune to the discomfort."


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