Souness: You Got An Ego Problem

Last updated : 31 January 2004 By Liam Corbett

Souness found himself struggling to keep his squad happy when he was in charge at Rangers, but admits it is a nice problem to have as a manager.

”Top players invariably have the biggest egos,” explains Souness.

”The two things tend to go hand-in-hand as those guys think they are the best.

”And to be fair to them - in a lot of cases - they're right. But leaving them out is always more of a problem.

”But it's a problem any manager would love to have and I think Ranieri's handled it well in that respect.

”He's a wonderful squad to pick from and with their resources it's be hard to field anything but a strong team.”

Souness, of course, may still feel bitter after Chelsea snatched Damien Duff from Blackburn Rovers in the summer, after meeting a release clause in the player's contract of 17 million pounds. That meant Blackburn had to accept such a bid, and Souness lost his best player.