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Ferguson ready for Clyde test

Barry Ferguson has told Sky Sports News he turned down offers to play in England and abroad to become the new player/manager of Clyde.

Ferguson spent the second half of last season in the dug-out at Championship Blackpool, with the club avoiding relegation by two points.

The former Rangers and Scotland midfielder has signed a three-year deal with Clyde - succeeding Jim Duffy, who left to take charge at Morton - and he cannot wait to get started.

He told Sky Sports News: "I had a few offers to keep playing down in England and abroad but once I met the board they were ambitious.

"They are in the bottom tier of Scottish football just now but want to get up through the leagues. I am ambitious too and I want to achieve that so the board were happy.

"I got a good feeling. I know they are part-time and having been full-time for the past 20 years it is going to take me a few weeks to adjust. But I do not look at the job as part-time as I have no other commitments. If I can get out into the community to help Clyde and help them get out of League Two then I will do that.

"We have got a good group of players and if I can add three or four more players to that then we will have a right good chance."

When asked about a possible return to Ibrox in a managerial role, he said: "Listen, I have got a job to do with Clyde and that's all I'm concerned about; making Clyde a better team and getting them back up the divisions."

Ferguson was speaking at the launch of Clyde's new pink kit which will be worn by the team this season in support of the 'Think Pink Scotland' charity which raises breast cancer awareness.

Clyde director Bobby Gracey said: "We are delighted to be able to assist in raising awareness of breast cancer, which affects both men and women, whilst doing everything we can to financially contribute to the excellent research work being undertaken every day at Glasgow University.

"In addition to wearing the pink strip, Think Pink Scotland will be our official match and ball sponsor at a league home game, when further fundraising efforts will take place."