FORMER Scotland and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson could make his first start for Blackpool at Sheffield United next weekend after agreeing a shock move to Ian Holloway’s side.
Ferguson’s new employers continue their preparations for the new Championship campaign with a visit to Oldham Athletic this afternoon before hosting Latvians FK Jelgava three days ahead of their outing at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Denying he is a direct replacement for compatriot Charlie Adams, Ferguson said he is “raring” to make his full debut at Boundary Park but admitted the United friendly appears a more realistic option.
“Hopefully I will be involved away at Oldham and get a bit of game time there,” Ferguson, previously of Birmingham City, said last night.
“I’ve done two weeks of pre-season but I’ve missed out during the past four days because I’ve been up here.
“I’ve done a bit on my own but there is nothing better than training with the rest of the boys themselves.”
Ferguson, who penned a two year contract at Bloomfield Road on Thursday, added: “I’m delighted to be here and I’m absolutely raring to go.
“As soon as I spoke to the manager my mind was made up.
“I saw a lot of Blackpool last year and played against them as well and I was very impressed.”
With Kevin Phillips, Ferguson’s old St Andrews teammate, also moving to the Fylde coast, United’s Danny Wilson knows Blackpool will prove a tough test of his own team’s credentials.
The South Yorkshire club begin the League One season against Oldham on August 6.
“The games we’ve got are all going to be difficult in their own way,” the United manager, whose squad entertain Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday, said.
“We’ll get different challenges from each but that’s the whole point of the exercise.”