Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons believes the problems at Rangers go “much deeper” than the players at Ibrox – despite a number of bust-ups during and after last weekend’s Scottish Cup thrashing by Celtic.

Senior stars Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace hae been suspended by the club while Daniel Candeias, Greg Docherty, Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday were all involved in flashpoints at Hampden.

Commons believes the issues at Ibrox start at the very top – and the former Celtic star believes they influenced Derek McInnes’ decision not to take the reins following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.

“The problems go much deeper than the squad,” Commons said during Sky Sports’ live pre-match coverage of the Gers clash with Hearts.

“They go all the way to the boardroom at Ibrox.

“There was something there that obviously didn’t tick all the boxes for Derek McInnes but the fundamental issues go back to the board.”

The Ibrox board have come in for criticism for fans over their handling of Caixinha’s sacking and the subsequent appointment of Graeme Murty – with fans furious with the way they perceive the board gave up on the season by not making a long-term hire.

Murty’s contract at Ibrox is up in the summer and the Gers boss looks certain to move on at the end of the season.

Football Insider verdict

Commons has called it spot on. There are serious issues at board-level within Ibrox as the club stumble from one shambles to another at the minute. While it is debatable if they had any influence on McInnes’ decision not to take over from Pedro Caixinha, it is certainly having an affect on the direction is heading. The Gers look to be going backwards recently and it needs to be sorted before it has a lasting, long-term effect on the club. With the transfer window opening soon, the board can’t afford any mistakes this summer and need to make a proper show of putting the club on the right track.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this from last weekend’s Celtic clash.

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