Perth Glory’s McGarry overawed as ex-St Mirren star Ferguson takes reins

Perth Glory midfielder Steven McGarry admits it is a great feeling to have his boyhood idol as his new coach.

The former St Mirren man’s hero whilst growing up, Ian Ferguson, was installed as the new Glory coach during the week and McGarry is thrilled to be working so closely with a Scottish football legend.

Glory coach Dave Mitchell stepped aside on Tuesday to allow assistant Ferguson to take the reins and McGarry had an extremely positive outlook on things.

"It was disappointing to see Dave lose his job because I really enjoyed working with him,” the former Motherwell man told the Scottish Sun.

"After the nonsense of working with Jim Gannon at Motherwell it was brilliant having someone who believed in me.

"But I must admit, Fergie is a brilliant coach.

"He's been with us since the turn of the year, taking training every day.

"The plan was always for him to take over eventually, but the club has decided to make the change now.

"Dave has been given a role upstairs, so that's good.

"As a St Mirren supporter it's just a bit strange to be playing for someone I used to cheer.

"I was at the Scottish Cup final in 1987 when he scored THAT goal for us against Dundee United (to win).

"I was only young at the time, but it's something I'll remember forever.

"It's not going to do me any favours, though, now he's my manager. He's going to treat me the same as everyone else.

"In fact, being a St Mirren fan is something he might hold against me!"