29 Oct Barry Ferguson: I’ll give Lewis clip round the ear for scoring Aberdeen winner
Ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson says he will give Aberdeen star nephew Lewis a ‘clip round the ear’ for scoring the winner against the Ibrox side in yesterday’s League Cup semi-final.
The Pittodrie youngster, who was released by the Light Blues as a teenager, popped up in the 79th minute to head in the winner for the Dons at Hampden.
But the ex-Gers skipper says he was disappointed Steven Gerrard’s side couldn’t book their place in the first final of the season after going down 1-0 to Aberdeen.
When asked if he was happy for his nephew after he hit the winner over the Ibrox side, he said: “Am I happy?
“No I’ll be honest. I didn’t know what to do when I seen him win that header and it go in the back of the net.
“I wanted Rangers to win but as the game went on I thought to myself I had a sneaky feeling this might happen.
“It was a great header, he was aggressive and he wanted to win it more than the Rangers players.
“At the end of the day it’s disappointing for me. Rangers have got to get to finals if they want to be made out as a good team.
“It was disappointing. I thought the quality again in the final third was poor.
“I thought Aberdeen were poor but defensively they were great and Rangers couldn’t cut them open.
“That final ball, whether it was a free-kick or getting to the byline, it just wasn’t happening.
“When Aberdeen scored the goal through Lewis they did deserve to win it because Rangers didn’t bother them.
“Before the game I said I wanted Rangers to win and Lewis to have a good game. He is family and I want him to have a long and successful career.
“It’s good for Lewis in a way because he rejected from Rangers as a 14-year-old boy.
“He was told he wasn’t good enough to become a Rangers player and he went to Hamilton.
“To be fair to him he dug in and he worked hard and he’s got a lot to thank Hamilton for because they gave him an opportunity.
“Since Derek signed him at Aberdeen he’s become a regular and he’s doing the business but when I see him I will give him a clip round the ear.”
Aberdeen will face Celtic in the League Cup Final on December 2 after Brendan Rodgers side ran out 3-0 winners over highly-rated Hearts at Murrayfield.