Barry Ferguson slams Rangers players after Sunday defeat v Celtic
By Harvey Byrne
Former captain Barry Ferguson has slammed the Rangers players for making it too easy for Celtic in Sunday’s semi-final defeat.
The two Old Firm rivals met at Hampden Park last weekend for a Scottish Cup semi-final clash which many would have expected to be a tight hard-fought encounter.
However, goals from Celtic duo Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair on either side of half time ensured that Brendan Rodgers’ men made the final with relatively little hassle.
The display of the Rangers team has since been heavily criticised and ex-midfielder Ferguson was especially disappointed, suggesting the team gave Celtic stalwart Scott Brown his easiest derby to date.
“It was hard to watch. The first 45 minutes was probably as one-sided a match as I’ve seen. Celtic dominated, Rangers didn’t lay a glove on them and showed them far too much respect,” told Ferguson, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“I saw a bit of a difference in the second half but there was only ever going to be one winner — Celtic.
“I couldn’t believe that not a single Rangers player was getting close to a Celtic player.
“They got far too much space. Scott Brown has played in these games for ten years, that’s probably his easiest. He strolled it, he didn’t break sweat, and no one got near him.
“He got sent off the week before, so at least give him a nudge or a kick. I don’t mean be dirty, but let him know you are there. I didn’t see any of that.”
The Sunday defeat was the fifth time that the two Old Firm rivals have faced off this season, bringing four victories in the direction of Celtic and one draw at Celtic Park is the best Rangers have managed.
However, the two Glasgow clubs are set to meet each other for the final time of the campaign on Saturday and with the clash at Ibrox Pedro Caixinha will be eager for home advantage to play it’s part.
But, Celtic, who have picked up 44 points on their travels this season will also be motivated to win again this weekend as they look to complete the season unbeaten with five games left.
In other Rangers news, Gavin Rae believes this can help the Gers triumph at the weekend.