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Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
"They only like it when you win"
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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 11:37 GMT
Deposed captain in new Ibrox row
Barry Ferguson played a captain's part with a goal
Barry Ferguson played a captain's part with a goal
A new era has begun at Ibrox with Lorenzo Amoruso being stripped of the captaincy and Barry Ferguson taking over.

However, whether the move will save the Rangers career of the Italian defender and Dick Advocaat has been placed in doubt by the words of Amoruso himself.

According to one newspaper report, Amoruso claims that Advocaat has told him he could quit as manager of Rangers within weeks should he fail to reverse the club's recent decline.

Rangers progressed to the semi-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup with a 2-0 victory over Dundee United on Tuesday, but it is in the Scottish Premier League and the Champions League where the real acid tests will lie.

Sour grapes

Ferguson was handed the armband before the quarter-final at Ibrox, Amoruso having been forced to carry the can for a series of dismal results, including four successive defeats.

Now the Italian's comments, which could also be viewed as being tainted by sour grapes, in the Daily Record could hasten his own departure from Ibrox.

Dick Advocaat claims that change was his decision
Dick Advocaat claims that change was his decision
Even so, Advocaat denied the suggestion in another newspaper report that it had been a vote among the players that had been the driving force behind the move.

"It was not totally true," he said. "Nobody can force me to change things.

"It was already in my mind. Everyone was jumping on Amoruso, rightly or wrongly, and I thought it was better for the team to make another captain."

Every week

Advocaat, who praised Amoruso for his performance against United, explained why he chose Ferguson, who had captained the side against Galatasaray when Amoruso was suspended, instead of vice-captain Arthur Numan.

He said: "I think against Galatasaray he showed that he can take the responsibility.

"I have decided he is almost playing every week."

Ferguson led by example, scoring one of his side's goals.

A surprise

"To be captain was an honour," he said.

"It was a bit of a surprise being made captain at the age of 22.

Lorenzo Amoruso says Advocaat is considering leaving
Lorenzo Amoruso says Advocaat is considering leaving
"It was something I had always dreamed of doing.

"I didn't know until after the game I was getting it for keeps."

Ferguson revealed that the displaced Italian had shaken his hand and wished him luck, along with his other team-mates.

Deadleg

He said: "It happened quite quickly. I have not had much time to speak - just all the best, that's it."

Ferguson was hurt in stoppage time following a challenge by John Licina but dismissed it as a deadleg.

Injured striker Rod Wallace and winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who had a cold, both missed the game after starts on Saturday, while Bert Konterman was dropped to the bench, with Scott Wilson being preferred in defence.

Advocaat, though, hopes to have Jorg Albertz, Claudio Reyna and Giovanni van Bronckhorst back for the visit of St Mirren on Saturday.

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