The Light Blues' title hopes were comfortably dashed this term as Celtic ran away with the league crown, leaving Pedro Caixinha's men to focus on trying to finish second above Aberdeen.
However, Rangers face an uphill task trying to achieve that goal with nine points separating them from the Dons. Unsurprisingly therefore, the Gers squad have often talked about looking to finish second - as well as looking for success in the Scottish Cup - but Ferguson has insisted that it is not right hearing his old side suggest that that is an ambition.
“I am sick and tired of hearing teams and players talking about how they are playing for second place and they want second place as if they are happy about that. That is rubbish," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
“I read that Aberdeen have been the second best team for the last three years. Do they not want to be the best team in Scotland?
“You shouldn’t accept that you are the second best team. I have heard that from some Rangers players.
“You shouldn’t want to be number two, you want to be number one. Don’t accept defeat."
Of course, finishing second would have certainly been a decent achievement this term given that the club were enjoying their first campaign back at the highest level after their demotion to the bottom tier.
However, given Rangers' trophy-laden history, it is not surprising that Ferguson is probably unhappy to hear the rhetoric of acceptance about looking to finish second, so perhaps the side should have worked harder to try and put Celtic on notice that this season is simply a stepping stone to greater things.