The aftermath of Rangers’ 4-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Sunday has been nothing short of remarkable.
Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace may have played their final games for the club after reportedly hitting out at manager Graeme Murty in the dressing room at full-time.
Both players have been suspended by the club, who plan to investigate the incident.
According to the Daily Record, Rangers players are prepared to come out and defend Miller and Wallace and claim that reports of a bust-up have been blown out of proportion.
It’s probably the last thing that the Gers wanted to deal with given they’re locked in a fierce battle in the Scottish Premiership to secure Europa League qualification.
Rangers are clearly unhappy that Miller and Wallace took it upon themselves to criticise the performance and, apparently, the manager.
But Rangers icon Barry Ferguson believes they were right to voice their disappointment at full-time. In fact, he’s suggested that the Ibrox club are in great trouble if tempers weren’t flared.
“If I had walked into that dressing room on Sunday and people weren’t expressing their disappointment and frustration then I would have filled the silence for them,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.
“If venting your anger after being demolished by Celtic is now considered a bad thing then it’s a huge problem. One which I find disturbing.
“If tempers weren’t flared then Rangers are in even bigger trouble than that 4-0 defeat suggests.
“And if Lee and Kenny felt the need to point out that the performance was not acceptable then they were simply looking out for the best interests of the club.”
Ferguson continued by saying he highly doubts Ferguson and Miller ripped into Murty in the dressing room.
“If they have annihilated Graeme Murty then they deserve to be disciplined and made an example of,” Ferguson, who made 431 appearances across two spells at Rangers, added.
“But I’d be astonished if that was the case.
“I know Kenny inside out. Yes, he’s an opinionated, passionate guy who likes to have his say and I never had a problem with that, mostly because he almost always spoke sense. Whenever he opened his mouth it was because something needed saying.
“But never once did I see him act in an unprofessional manner or allow his feelings to boil over into something personal. It was always delivered for the good of the team.
“He only ever strived to make things better and could not sit quietly if he felt standards were slipping. That’s the kind of voice you need inside a Rangers dressing room.
“In fact, you need 11 of them.”