Derek Ferguson

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Derek Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Derek Ferguson[1]
Date of birth (1967-07-31) 31 July 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Calderbank, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1984 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 Rangers 111 (7)
1990 Dundee (loan) 4 (0)
1990–1993 Heart of Midlothian 103 (4)
1993–1995 Sunderland 64 (0)
1995–1998 Falkirk 32 (3)
1998–1999 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (0)
1999 Portadown 6 (1)
1999 Partick Thistle 7 (0)
1999–2000 Adelaide Force 2 (0)
2000 Ross County 10 (0)
2000–2002 Clydebank 55 (1)
2002–2003 Alloa Athletic 27 (0)
2003–2005 Hamilton Academical 25 (0)
2005–2006 Raith Rovers 9 (0)
Total 475 (16)
National team
1986–1989 Scotland U21 5 (0)
1988 Scotland 2 (0)
1990 Scotland B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Clydebank
2008–2009 Stranraer
2009 Glenafton Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Derek Ferguson (born 31 July 1967) is a Scottish football player and manager. A creative midfield player, Ferguson is best remembered for his time with Rangers and Heart of Midlothian.

He also played for Dundee, Sunderland, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Portadown, Partick Thistle, Adelaide Force, Ross County, Clydebank, Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Raith Rovers and made two appearances for Scotland.[2]

Playing career


Ferguson joined his first senior club, Rangers, from Gartcosh United in 1982. He enjoyed an early experience of first team involvement when picked to play in Tom Forsyth's testimonial match in 1983, aged only 15.[3] He made his competitive debut in the 1983–84 season and within a year became a first team regular at Ibrox. He showed his early promise to a wide audience with his performances alongside fellow young midfielder Ian Durrant in the Scottish League Cup finals of 1986 (in which he was named man of the match)[4][5] and 1987.[6]

However, over the next couple of seasons Ferguson gradually fell out of favour at Ibrox, a tempestuous relationship with manager Graeme Souness preventing him from developing as expected;[3][7][5] Ian Ferguson (no relation) and veteran Ray Wilkins were often preferred in the position. He also suffered from injuries, including a recurring dislocated shoulder.[7] In 1989–90 he was loaned to Dundee and it became clear his future was not to be at Rangers, although he was very reluctant to leave the club.[5][7] He played 148 times in all competitions for Rangers, scoring 8 goals.[8]

In August 1990, Heart of Midlothian spent a then club record £750,000 to take Ferguson to Tynecastle. He became a mainstay in the Hearts team over the next three seasons, including 1991–92 when they finished league runners-up. His good performances earned him a move to Sunderland, with manager Terry Butcher (his former captain at Rangers) signing him in a part-exchange deal which saw John Colquhoun return to Hearts.

After two seasons on Wearside, Ferguson moved back to Scotland when Falkirk paid Sunderland £250,000 for his services in 1995. He spent three years with the Bairns before spending a single season (1998–99) with Dunfermline Athletic, brief period with Portadown in the Irish League during the 1999–00 season and a month with Partick Thistle. Ferguson next had a short spell in Australian soccer with Adelaide Force before returning to Scotland to play for a succession of lower league clubs, namely Ross County, Clydebank (scoring once against future club Hamilton),[9] Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical and finally Raith Rovers.


His early performances and potential ensured he was fast-tracked into the Scottish international squad in 1988. Ferguson gained two caps during this period, in matches against Malta and Colombia.[10] He also featured five times for the Under-21s[11] and once for the B-team.[12]

Managerial career

While at Clydebank he was briefly appointed player-manager,[3] while he has also served as a coach at Albion Rovers[13] before becoming Stranraer's assistant manager as part of a new management team at Stair Park with Gerry Britton. When Britton left his post as manager for the vacant assistant manager role at Partick Thistle, Ferguson was put in place as caretaker manager before being handed a contract as manager until the end of the 2008–09 season. Although having a bright start as manager, relations between the club and Ferguson had become strained due to Stranraer's financial difficulties and the club's on-field performances, which led to him leaving the club after an 8–2 home defeat to Stirling Albion.[14]

After leaving Stranraer he had a short spell as manager of junior outfit Glenafton Athletic. On 28 October 2010, Ferguson was named as assistant manager of Dumbarton, however it was announced on 3 November 2010 that he will be unable to fill that role due to media commitments.[15]

Media career

Since leaving Glenafton Athletic, Ferguson has appeared regularly for BBC Radio Scotland as a football pundit.[16] His work with BBC Scotland was cited as his reason for not accepting the role of assistant manager at Dumbarton.[15]

Personal life

Ferguson is the elder brother of Barry Ferguson, who also played for Rangers and Scotland in the same position.[3][7][5] The siblings played against each other on three occasions during the 1998–99 season while Derek was with Dunfermline, with 20-year-old Barry scoring at East End Park and 31-year-old Derek making his last appearance at Ibrox.[5][17]

His autobiography, Big Brother, written with Bill Leckie, was published in 2006.[18]

His son Lewis is also a professional footballer.[19] Lewis signed for Aberdeen in 2018, and scored the winning goal in a League Cup semi-final against Rangers in October 2018.[20]




  1. ^ "Derek Ferguson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ Derek Ferguson at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ a b c d "Big Brother's eye on Ferguson". The Scotsman. Edinburgh: Johnston Press. Archived from the original on 3 November 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Jim (27 October 1987). "Bad advert for football mars a classic cup final". The Glasgow Herald (scan hosted at 'The Celtic Wiki'). Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Big interview: Derek Ferguson". Rangers F.C. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Jim (26 October 1987). "Spot-on Rangers earn the cheers". The Glasgow Herald. p. 9. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Spiers on Saturday: meeting Derek Ferguson (with lots of memories of Souness...)". The Sunday Herald. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Rangers player Derek Ferguson". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Clydebank 3–2 Hamilton". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 August 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  10. ^ Derek Ferguson at the Scottish Football Association
  11. ^ "Scotland U21 player Derek Ferguson". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Scotland B player Derek Ferguson". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  13. ^ Saunders, Steven (20 August 2006). "Caught in Time: Rangers win a double, 1987". The Sunday Times. London: News International. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  14. ^ "Ferguson quits as Stranraer boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  15. ^ a b "Derek Ferguson performs U-turn on Dumbarton FC assistant manager role". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. 12 November 2010.
  16. ^ Murray, Keir (9 December 2012). "Rangers' poor away form is "about attitude", says Derek Ferguson". BBC Sport. BBC.
  17. ^ "Rangers 1 - 1 Dunfermline". Scottish Professional Football League. 5 December 1998. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  18. ^ Derek Ferguson, Bill Leckie (2006). Big Brother: The Derek Ferguson Story. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1845961626.
  19. ^ Andy McGilvray (16 December 2017). "Derek Ferguson says it will be a proud moment if and when son Lewis makes first-team debut for Hamilton". Daily Record. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  20. ^ "No Scottish League Cup final for Gerrard as Ferguson sends Aberdeen through". The Guardian. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  21. ^ Did not make minimum 10 appearances in 1989–90 title win
  22. ^ "NOW YOU KNOW: Ally McCoist double helped Rangers defeat Aberdeen 3-2 in 1998 League Cup Final". Evening Times. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

External links

  • Derek Ferguson at Soccerbase
  • Profile at
  • Hearts appearances and images at
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