Ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson claims Lee McCulloch will bounce back after fan criticism

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Barry Ferguson is confident that McCulloch will come back even stronger after recent fan criticism.

McCulloch was booed after his mistake led to a Falkirk goal at the weekend, but Ferguson has told the Daily Record that the Rangers captain can use this as a turning point for himself and the club.

“I believe the unsavoury episode against Falkirk could actually prove to be a turning point in Rangers season,” the former skipper said. “He [McCulloch] is big enough and ugly enough to handle it.

“Jig is the type of guy who will knuckle down in training, roll up his sleeves even further and get on with it. In this situation, that’s all you can do. I’ve known Jig since he was 10 and I know for a fact he will not be retreating into his shell after this.”

It is certainly a bold statement to make, as his mistake which led to the goal was not the only one he has made in recent weeks, and it is hard to see how the 36-year-old centre-back will be able to cope in the first-team next season, especially if promotion is secured to the Premiership.

The mistake which led to the goal had all the hallmarks of McCulloch’s age catching up with him, as he was outpaced and outmuscled for the ball on the half-way line, and never managed to recover before the ball was past Cammy Bell in the Rangers net.

Ferguson might believe McCulloch has the mental ability to overcome the booing aimed at the ageing defender after his mistake, but he mentions nothing of the fact that he made the mistake in the first place.

It was a lack of physically that caused McCulloch to lose the ball, and that is something that can not be overcome, and surely the mistake has started to signal the end of McCulloch’s career as an able-bodied defender.

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