Barry Ferguson: I thought Walter Smith was going to kill me

Barry Ferguson once answered Walter Smith back and came to instantly regret it, believing the ex-Rangers boss was going to kill him.

Barry Ferguson thought Walter Smith was going to "kill" him. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Barry Ferguson thought Walter Smith was going to "kill" him. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

In a preview of an interview with Open Goal, Ferguson opened up about the fearsome former Rangers, Everton and Scotland manager.

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Ferguson was being quizzed by host Simon Ferry about Graeme Souness and his time at Blackburn Rovers, where Souness organised a 5-a-side tournament and “done” Dwight Yorke because the two were not getting on.

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While Ferguson called Souness a “tough cookie” he brought it back around to Smith who made Ferguson “s**t” himself.

“Walter Smith was more fierce than him,” he said. “I feared Walter more than I did Souness.”

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When asked if he ever answered him back, Ferguson gave a succinct answer.

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“I tried once,” he said. “I thought he was going to kill me. Seriously. I s**t myself.”

• The full interview will be released by Open Goal on Monday.