Celtic legend John Hartson has claimed Rangers have tried to take the “easy way out” by deciding to suspend Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller after a bust-up with manager Graeme Murty – and the Hoops legend is so far off the mark it verges on the ridiculous.
Hartson told the Daily Record that the Gers have a track record of sacking players, citing “their legend Barry Ferguson” being dismissed to back his point up but the big problem there is that Rangers never sacked Ferguson.
They sold him – twice – but never once did the former Ibrox midfielder get sacked by Rangers.
When Ferguson left the Gers to join Birmingham City in 2009 it was reported at the time that the fee was “in the region of £1.2million” – which would make it one of the most profitable “sackings” in history.
And it’s not just on Ferguson that Hartson is that wrong it isn’t clear if his interview is intended as a parody or not but suggesting that the Gers have just decided it would be easier to start formal disciplinary proceedings against Miller and Wallace so they can “rip up” Miller’s contract – which comes to an end next month – is quite ridiculous.
Had the Gers wanted an easy way out with Miller then the answer would have been to have him train on his own for the next month until his contract ends and then let him leave slip away quietly – not kick-start a legal process which can take months to conclude.
Perhaps it is ignorance on Hartson’s part that has led to him being so utterly ill-informed but given some of the Welshman’s ongoing bitterness towards Rangers after they rejected him years ago, it’s no surprise to see him make up his own fantastic story to take a dig at the Light Blues.