Rangers boss Alex McLeish is hoping that former Ibrox star Duncan
Ferguson can lend him a helping hand when the Toffees travel to
Ferguson, who has trained well and been in impressive form so
far this pre-season, will return to Ibrox for the first time since
1994, the date of his original move to Goodison.
McLeish is looking for the former Scotland international - and
the other Everton forwards, including Wayne Rooney - to test out
his trial defenders Emerson Thome and David May during the
Both centre-backs are trying to earn permanent deals at Ibrox
but, after easy warm-up games in Germany, McLeish is looking for
the Mersey Blues to give them a difficult test.
"I will talk to the boys about staying on for the Everton
game," said McLeish.
"I don't think there have been sufficient tests for
Thome and May because the German sides don't tend to play the
aerial game that is largely prevalent in Britain.
"I know that both players have coped with this in the past
but they have both had injuries and I have to be certain.
"I don't know if big Duncan Ferguson will be back in
the scheme of things but English teams always pose a threat at
set-pieces. They are notoriously big so I would like to see David
and Emerson tested in this environment.
"It is one area of the team we have tried to strengthen in
the last year in terms of our presence.
"Safe to say the two lads have done well so far but I would
like them to remain with us and play in the Everton game."