Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he regrets not expressing his displeasure at a Rangers director who questioned him about his wife’s Catholic faith.
In a forthcoming documentary about his life, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, Sir Alex recalled the moment he was questioned about his wife’s faith before he signed his contract for the club in 1967.
“Glasgow is a city where there is a divide. It’s Protestant and Catholic, Rangers and Celtic,” he said.
“I heard Rangers wanted to sign me and of course, having supported Rangers as a boy and having lived 200 yards from the ground I was pretty excited about it. I put on my best suit and went across to Ibrox. The big marble hall, it’s quite impressive.
“When I signed for Rangers, one of the directors asked me about Cathy. He says, ‘I have to ask you a question about your wife. I believe she is Catholic, were you married in a chapel?’ I said, ‘No we got married in the registry office,’ and he says, ‘Oh, that’s okay’.
Sir Alex said he didn’t express his anger at the question, as he didn’t want to ruin his opportunity to play for the team he supported as a boy but it is now a decision he regrets to this day.
“I let myself down there and I let my wife down – that was the most important thing – because she was a devout Catholic,” he said.
Picture: Sir Alex Ferguson (Ottobd-n/David Levy/Wikimedia Commons).