McLeish: Fergie snubbed Rangers

BY foxsports • November 23, 2010

The Birmingham boss believes Ferguson, who is currently preparing his United side for the trip to Ibrox for their Champions League clash on Wednesday night, still has a soft spot for the Gers. Ferguson turned down the chance to take over at Ibrox when he was at Aberdeen and McLeish - who played under him 30 years ago - claims the club still has a big place in his heart. He told the Daily Mirror: "Alex declined the chance to manage Rangers - but that was only for one reason. Even then he had this big vision of going to England and managing Manchester United. "Rangers weren't the only club he declined at that time. There was Arsenal and Tottenham too. "In my opinion, the boss was waiting for one club and one club only - United. The rest is history." McLeish remembers Ferguson reliving his days as a supporter and then a player at the club after United won 1-0 at Ibrox in the Champions League seven years ago. He said: "Sir Alex still has a soft spot for Rangers after all these years. He loves walking into Ibrox and being inside. "I still remember him coming into my office when we played them in the Champions League seven years ago. "There was quite a big entourage in the office that night. I can remember Andy Roxburgh being there, too. "But Sir Alex was holding court and he loved every minute of it. He was so pleased to be in the Rangers manager's office having a drink and a laugh. "It was good to see him walking through the door, even if the result hadn't been so good for us."