I'm no flop and I've got nothing to prove, insists Birmingham star Ferguson
25 August 2009 01:47
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Birmingham City midfielder Barry Ferguson has insisted he was not a flop during his previous spell in England and has 'nothing to prove'.
The former Scotland star Ferguson moved south of the border for the only previous time in his career when he joined Blackburn from Rangers in August 2003.
A serious knee injury curtailed the impact he was able to make at Ewood Park after he was signed by Graeme Souness before he eventually returned to Ibrox after 18 months.
But Ferguson is adamant he made a big enough impression when he was fit ahead of City's Carling Cup clash at Southampton on Tuesday night.
He has quickly adapted to life at St Andrew's and has been one of Birmingham's best players during the opening three Barclays Premier League games from which they have collected four points.
Ferguson said: 'I have not got a point to prove. I enjoyed it at Blackburn. I started off well but then I got a bad injury. I fractured my kneecap and I was out for seven or eight months.
'I came back from it and I played a lot of games for Blackburn. I did well. I was captain there and, even though Mark Hughes came in (to replace Souness) everything was fine.
'But it was a case of 'when your old club comes calling' so I kind of left under a bit of a cloud. I could have stayed, got a contract extension, joined other clubs who were interested, but I made my decision.
'People ask me 'do have I any regrets?' but things happen in life for a reason.
'I went back up the road to Rangers and I won more Championships, Scottish Cups and League Cups and got to a UEFA Cup final so I don't think it was a bad decision!'