Peak Durrant or peak Barry?

dh1963

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2 wonderful midfield players who came through the ranks and who gave us iconic Tim slaying moments.
The 2 best players to come through our youth system in the last 40 years.

The Ian Durrant pre injury 1986 to 1988.
The Barry Ferguson 1999 to 2003 before he went to Blackburn.

I genuinely don't think there has been another Scottish born midfield player since Souness who comes close to either.

If you had to pick one of them from those peak years to come back in a time machine and play tomorrow, which one would you want?


 

Delboy19

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With Barry we seen how good he was, could be argued he could still have been better. With Durrant though, it will always remain a "what if". Much higher than Barry achieved I feel. I would still pick Durrant though on what we did get to see.
 

Johnny Yen

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The older Bears I suspect will plump for Durrant, I would myself, quite simply he was an astonishing player who was robbed of his best years, but still battled back to have a magnificent career.

That said, Ferguson was a special player, he bossed games at the very highest level for us, he was a fantastic player.
 

dover79

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Would it be outlandish of me to say that Durant pre injury was up there with Paul Gascoigne in terms of talent and skill etc?
Gazza's words in 2013:
PAUL GASCOIGNE was taken to school for 90 minutes by Ian Durrant and knew he’d been jousting with a midfield genius.

Gazza will never forget the Under-21 clash between Scotland and England at Pittodrie in February 1988.

Even if he tried to, Durrant wouldn’t let him.

England may have won the Euro Championship qualifier 1-0 — but the Geordie maverick’s lasting memories are of losing his own tussle with an Ibrox prodigy at the peak of his powers.

Their confrontation came just eight months before Durrant’s knee was wrecked on the same turf in a horror tackle from Neil Simpson during a fiery Aberdeen-Gers clash.

Gazza recalled: “I knew Durranty before I came to Ibrox because I had played against him in the Under-21s.

“The press around that game were billing it as a competition to see who was the best young midfielder in Britain — and Durrant BATTERED me.”

With Gers pal Derek Ferguson and Celtic’s Peter Grant as his sidekicks in midfield, Durrant bossed it.

Somehow, the Scots still slipped to defeat.

Yet Gazza knew he’d been in a game.

He added: “I went home to my dad and told him I had just played against one of the best midfielders I’d ever come across.

“Durranty was absolutely outstanding.”
 

Mearns Ranger

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At least as good as if not better
This regularly said on here. I believe Wilkins said something about Durrant maybe being better as well?
Anyway, I know Durrant got injured 18 months before Italia ‘90, but Gascoigne was one of the players of the tournament and took his team to a World Cup semi.
Durrant struggled to get in a team that had Paul McStay as its lynchpin.
There’s no doubt Durrant had incredible potential, and we were robbed of a magnificent talent, but Gascoigne also suffered horrendous injuries.
When both were at Ibrox, Gascoigne was absolutely miles ahead of him and produced performances at a level that even peak Durrant couldn’t reach.
I’m sorry, but outside OF a KP/Ibrox/FF mythology bubble, if you tried to tell anyone that Durrant was better than Gascoigne you’d be laughed out of town.
 

insanicdrunk

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Durrant, great player, he also just had that quality to appear in the box. Similar to Arfield, but at ten levels above. He'd love Goldson's long balls as well!
 

zorro

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Fair enough asking the question OP, but it's Durrant by a mile. One of the great what ifs in his career. Still get angry thinking about that challenge,for it wa snot a tackle
 

Altogether_now

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Who would you's compare Durrant to? I was young at the time but my memory of him was bursting into the box and scored goals.

Where as Barry ran games. I would have went for Barry but as I say my memory pre injury is a bit sketchy
 

Craig Skinner

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2 wonderful midfield players who came through the ranks and who gave us iconic Tim slaying moments.
The 2 best players to come through our youth system in the last 40 years.

The Ian Durrant pre injury 1986 to 1988.
The Barry Ferguson 1999 to 2003 before he went to Blackburn.

I genuinely don't think there has been another Scottish born midfield player since Souness who comes close to either.

If you had to pick one of them from those peak years to come back in a time machine and play tomorrow, which one would you want?



The only people who choose Barry must not have seen Durrant in his prime. Dynamite.
 

Skeletor

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This regularly said on here. I believe Wilkins said something about Durrant maybe being better as well?
Anyway, I know Durrant got injured 18 months before Italia ‘90, but Gascoigne was one of the players of the tournament and took his team to a World Cup semi.
Durrant struggled to get in a team that had Paul McStay as its lynchpin.
There’s no doubt Durrant had incredible potential, and we were robbed of a magnificent talent, but Gascoigne also suffered horrendous injuries.
When both were at Ibrox, Gascoigne was absolutely miles ahead of him and produced performances at a level that even peak Durrant couldn’t reach.
I’m sorry, but outside OF a KP/Ibrox/FF mythology bubble, if you tried to tell anyone that Durrant was better than Gascoigne you’d be laughed out of town.
We’re talking pre injury Durrant here though.
Even if he’d never kicked a ball again after the injury he’d still have been one of the best ever players to pull on the famous royal blue
 
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