Ferguson told the League Managers’ Association’s website: “I think he’s ideal, I think it’s perfect.
“He’s had a good grooming in management. He’s been with Motherwell, Hibs and Rangers. During his four-and-a-half years at Rangers he won trophies and had the experience of dealing with difficult situations. I think only now, the Rangers fans and the Scottish media recognise what a really good job he did.”
Ferguson added: “Alex is an intelligent lad and he’ll look to add to what Walter has done. Rather than be disillusioned that Walter has left I think that we should be happy that a younger man with the credentials of Alex McLeish, who is Scottish, can do the job.”