Shiels is confident that Ferguson will start to feature for Rangers, having yet to play since his loan signing from Newcastle.
Speaking to the official Rangers website, midfielder Shiels has explained that he expects Ferguson to feature for the Light Blues before the end of the campaign, and that he has something to offer the club.
The Northern Irish international said: “He has got quality, he has played in the English Premier League and he definitely has something to offer. It is a difficult situation coming in so late but I am sure he has something to give if he’s called upon.”
Ferguson, 23, arrived at Ibrox in the January transfer window, but has yet to feature for Stuart McCall’s side due to an injury he had upon his signing.
Along with five other Newcastle youngsters, Ferguson made the move up north to increase their playing time to improve their development, although only Haris Vuckic has become a key fixture in the side - with nine goals in 15 games - due to mass injuries.
Despite Ferguson being a full international, and having 32 games in the Premier League to his name with the Magpies, and a further 34 appearances in the Championship during a loan spell with Birmingham, he did not feature once for the Tyneside club this term.
Alan Pardew did not favour him, and he has been injured at Ibrox since John Carver’s appointment on an interim basis.
He is back training now, and with Rangers set to start their play-off campaign after their last league fixture this weekend, he could still play a key part in McCall’s squad as the coach looks to guide the Gers to the Premiership.
Still, he has yet to be named in a matchday squad this term, but Shiels clearly believes he is now good enough to feature for Rangers. With their play-off campaign arguably the most important part of the season, Ferguson will be hoping to take part, and that might be enough to earn a place back at St James’ Park next season.