Ferguson’s performances attracted attention from larger clubs and in 1984 Jock Wallace signed him for Rangers for £200,000. The Ibrox side were enduring a transitional period however, and after collecting only one medal with Rangers, for the League Cup victory in 1984-85, Ferguson returned to Tayside with Dundee's rivals Dundee United in 1986, Jim McLean paying £145,000 to secure his services.
In his two seasons at Tannadice, Ferguson helped United to reach consecutive Scottish Cup finals, as well as the UEFA Cup final in 1986-87. He scored several important goals during United’s European run, netting the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Barcelona at the Camp Nou and the opening goal in the semi-final victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach. United lost by the odd goal in all three finals however, and despite featuring in one of the Tangerines most celebrated sides, Ferguson was destined not to earn silverware there.
In 1988-89 Alex MacDonald equalled Hearts’ record transfer fee to sign Ferguson, as a replacement for the Newcastle United-bound John Robertson. He maintained his penchant for scoring important goals, notching the only goal when Hearts defeated Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup. However, when Robertson returned to Tynecastle a mere 8 months after his departure, Ferguson found his position threatened. The common perception was that the two players’ styles were not compatible, and Ferguson frequently found himself relegated to the substitutes’ bench. He spent time on loan with Bristol City and Charlton Athletic before joining Motherwell in December 1990.
Ferguson quickly became a hero at Fir Park as he helped the Steelmen to their first trophy since the 1950s, the 1991 Scottish Cup. He scored the opening goal as Motherwell defeated his old side Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a thrilling showpiece. Two years later, he moved to Lanarkshire rivals Airdrieonians before joining Portadown in the Irish League. After a brief return to Dundee, Ferguson also had a spell in English non-league football with Gretna.
Ferguson was the subject of an arrest in October 2006 when he was charged with handling stolen football gear at his Glasgow indoor market stall.
The night I scored the winning goal at Camp Nou; Iain Ferguson reminisces with Rob Robertson about the most memorable strike of his career
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Tate & Lyle PLC chief executive Iain Ferguson and DuPont chairman and CFO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. announced that construction on a new, $100 million plant in Loudon, Tenn., will create 50 new manufacturing jobs and help create a bio-based economy that will help reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil by using renewable resources to make high-performance products and energy.(BUSINESS Briefs)(Brief Article)
Sep 01, 2005; Tate & Lyle PLC chief executive lain Ferguson and DuPont chairman and CFO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. announced that construction en...