McLeish to quiz Ferguson over attack on SFA

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Alex McLeish will speak to Barry Ferguson after the Birmingham midfielder branded the Scottish Football Association "a joke."

Ferguson launched a stinging attack on the organisation earlier in the week following their handling of the infamous "Boozegate" affair, which ended his Scotland career.

Former national team manager McLeish has confirmed he will speak to the player about the comments but hopes any dispute with the SFA is now over. McLeish said: "I would rather it's swept under the carpet now. And I'd rather they just let sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps that will be his last comment about it, we'll certainly have a chat about it over a cup of tea."

Ferguson and his then Rangers team-mate Allan McGregor were told their international careers were over after indulging in a lengthy drinking session at the team hotel and then flicking V-signs at photographers while on the bench at Hampden. McLeish added: "Barry's an individual and he's got freedom to a degree but he obviously feels aggrieved over the situation and maybe feels that he's been a scapegoat."

Meanwhile, Ferguson has revealed he dreams of returning to Rangers as manager one day. The 31-year-old left Ibrox having spent 13 years there in two spells as a player.

"Coaching is something I really want to get started, and I'll do that next summer abroad somewhere," he said. "I've worked under some top managers: Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes and Alex McLeish.

"You see the things they need to deal with – God, I've given some of them tough things to sort out – and it does appeal to me getting into that side of the game.

"I'd love to go back and work at Rangers. Manager? Well that would be a dream, but it would be great to be involved at the club in some capacity and see where that takes me.

"I've looked at guys like Ian Durrant, John Brown and Ally McCoist – Rangers men like myself – and see the buzz they get from coming in and working for the club after they've stopped playing. I would love that."

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