Alex Ferguson has sensationally lifted the lid on the open bigotry he experienced as a player at Rangers from a member of the Ibrox boardroom. Ferguson opened up on the day he signed for Rangers and disclosed a conversation with an unnamed boardroom director when the director learned of the legendary managers wife being a Catholic, “When I signed for Rangers. One of the directors, he asked me about Cathy (Ferguson’s wife) and he says ‘I have to ask you a question about your wife. I believe she’s catholic‘.
“I said, ‘Yeah‘. He says ‘Where you married in a chapel?‘ I says, ‘No we got married in a registry office‘. He says, ‘Well that’s alright then.‘
“And I should have telt him to fuck off. I really should have. I had supported Rangers, as a boy and had an opportunity to play for Rangers. You’re prepared to take nonsense. I let myself down and I let wife down. That was the most important thing. She was a devout Catholic.”
The video was shared by prominent Celtic author Stephen O’Donnell who has written “Tangled Up in Blue: The Rise and Fall of Rangers F.C.” and “Fergus McCann Versus David Murray: How Celtic Turned the Tables on Their Glasgow Rivals: And the Decline of Scottish Football”.
Ferguson was filming a documentary on his life when he dropped this bombshell and to be honest, it’s nothing new to most Celtic fans. The Ibrox club had an open anti Catholic signing policy and although they have made steps to address this over the last 30 years, more work needs to be done to eradicate sectarianism from Scottish Football.