Clyde: Barry Ferguson determined to be an influence on the pitch

New Clyde player-manager Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson says he has spoken to most of his new squad at Clyde ahead of pre-season training

Barry Ferguson insists he is keen to lead on the park as well as off it in his new role as player-manager of Scottish League Two side Clyde.

The 36-year-old former Scotland and Rangers captain landed the job after Jim Duffy's departure to Morton.

"When I met Clyde they wanted me to be manager, but one of the questions was would I play," said Ferguson.

"Obviously I'm fit enough to play so I'll do pre-season and see how it goes. As it stands I'll play."

Ferguson spent three-and-half months in caretaker charge of Blackpool last season, and kept the club in the Championship.

"I could have played another season or two at a higher level but this opportunity came about and I felt it was right to go for it," he added.

"I got offers to keep playing in the Championship in England, in League One in England and also from abroad, but after speaking to Clyde I knew this was for me."

Having played under managers such as Dick Advocaat, Alex McLeish, and Walter Smith, Ferguson admits he will have no problems calling on his former bosses for advice as he bids to secure promotion for the part-timers in his first season in charge.

"I don't think anyone starting out in management should be scared to pick up the phone," he added.

"I played under some fantastic managers in my time and I had no qualms about picking up the phone when I was at Blackpool.

"When I was younger Clyde were always up a few divisions and they've been languishing in the bottom tier too long.

"The board have the ambition to go through the divisions and I'm happy to take on the job of trying to get us promoted. That's the only aim, I don't want to go in and be happy with a play-off place, we've got to be positive and try to get promoted.

"I've watched a few games on DVD and we have a decent team. If I can add three or four players to that and work hard with them in training, we're not far away from being a good team.

"We only train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I know some of the boys work, but I'm going to try to get them for another night a week.

"I'm also going to take an active interest in the youth set up."