Clyde: Barry Ferguson relishing job at Broadwood

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
Clyde manager Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson moved to Clyde following a spell in charge of English Championship side Blackpool

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson insists he has absolutely no regrets about taking over at a part-time club.

The former Scotland and Rangers captain is six months into the job and is optimistic about what 2015 has in store.

"It's a good club to work with and one that can go places," Ferguson told BBC Scotland.

"There's a lot of rebuilding to be done and it's going to take time, but we'll get there."

The Broadwood side have won five of their 19 League Two games since Ferguson's arrival and the 36-year-old knows it is very much still a work in progress.

He is close to making some more additions to his playing squad, with former St Mirren and Partick Thistle midfielder Hugh Murray having made his debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Queen's Park.

"I'm starting to get the players in that I want," said Ferguson, whose Bully Wee side sit seventh in the league.

Hugh Murray, left
Former Partick Thistle midfielder Hugh Murray, left, has joined Barry Ferguson's Clyde outfit

"There are two new signings coming in. They're still registered with their clubs, but they'll not be by Monday or Tuesday.

"One's an experienced centre half and one's a centre forward.

"I've also got my eye on another midfielder and a utility player, so I'll hopefully get them done if I speak nicely to the board.

"I want guys that are hardened and that's what I'm trying to bring in. Hugh Murray is that type of guy and I'll be bringing in a couple that are the same."

Ferguson highlights juggling the tight Clyde budget as one of the challenges he has enjoyed most as a young manager.

On the pitch, he refuses to rule out making a push for a play-off place in the second half of the season.

"There's nothing between the teams," he said. "That's the biggest thing that I've seen in the league.

"It's just that, in the first half of the season, our individual errors have been frightening. It's cost us games and cost us points. That's what I've had to change."

While his focus is on the project underway at Clyde, Ferguson is pleased to see Celtic being given competition in the Premiership title race.

"Aye, and not just Aberdeen," he added. "Dundee United as well.

"So it'll be an interesting last half of the season."