New Clyde manager Barry Ferguson aiming for promotion

New Clyde manager Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson won trophies in both of his spells at Rangers

New Clyde manager Barry Ferguson has targeted promotion in his first season in charge of the League Two side.

The former Rangers and Scotland captain was appointed player-boss at Broadwood on Friday, replacing Jim Duffy after his switch to Morton.

Clyde lost to East Fife in the play-off semi-final last season after finishing fourth in League Two, and Ferguson is looking to improve on that showing.

"Hopefully we can go a step further and get promoted," the 36-year-old said.

"Over the next few years they want to try to get back to full-time football.

"It's a good club, they have the ambition to climb back up the league and their ambition matches mine, so it's a good pairing."

Ferguson spent the past five years south of the border after ending his second spell at Rangers in 2009.

And the chance to return to Scotland helped convince him to snub offers to continue his playing career elsewhere.

"I'm looking forward to getting started and it's a new adventure for me," said Ferguson, who will be assisted by Malky Thomson and Bob Malcolm.

"I spoke to Clyde about two-and-a-half weeks ago, before I went on holiday, and they were good enough to give me time to think it over.

"I had offers to keep playing down south, and go abroad to play, so it was a big decision for me. But I've been travelling for the past five or six years and I just thought it was time to come back up the road and spend some time with my family.

"I look up on it as me starting out as I started out as a football player. It's an apprenticeship for me.

"I have already got 16 boys signed up from last year, and I'm meeting a number of them today to catch up with them and get to know them.

"There's a bit of money left in the pot to get two or three players in. I'll also look to use my contacts in the game to try to get some players in on loan.

Ferguson was in caretaker charge of Blackpool for the second half of last season, after Paul Ince was sacked, and the Scot kept the Seasiders in the English Championship.

"I was thrown in at the deep end," he added. "I didn't have much time to think about it.

"I had one aim - the chairman said to me, 'just keep me in the division' and we did that.

"It was difficult as it wasn't my team and wasn't my squad, ideally as a manager you want to build your own team, but the boys worked ever so hard for me and thankfully we remained in the division.