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Ferguson: Rangers players should have been squaring up to one another after loss v Celtic

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has admitted that he hopes the Light Blues players are “hurting” after Sunday’s Scottish Premiership thrashing by Celtic – but revealed that he doesn’t think it will despite watching Celtic slince a seventh successive title against them.

The Light Blues were second-best from the first whistle as Brendan Rodgers’ side romped to a 5-0 win to continue the Gers’ club record run without a win against their bitter rivals.

Ferguson thinks there should have been “choice words” and players getting “called out” in the wake of the humiliating result – but admitted his “worry” is that “nothing has been said.”

“I hope it’s hurting those guys in the dressing room but that’s the worrying thing, I don’t think it really hurts them,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Were there choice words said at full-time? I doubt it.

“There should have been heads rolling, people should have been squaring up to one another, boys should be getting called out.

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“That what happens with teams who have a winning mentality, people who don’t deliver get called out. But I worry nothing has been said, it’s straight into the shower and straight onto the bus.”

After losing 4-0 at Hampden to Celtic a few weeks ago, the latest result hasn’t gone down well with fans, with calls for manager Graeme Murty to be sacked immediately.

The Light Blues find themselves in third in the Scottish Premiership, three points behind Aberdeen, with three games left in the season.

Murty’s side face Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday before trips to face the Dons and then fourth-placed Hibs on the final day of the campaign.

Football Insider verdict

Ferguson is pretty spot on and the idea that many of the players were hurting after Sunday’s games seems a bit unlikely. After going through this a few weeks ago, if the players were hurting then we could have hoped for some sort of reaction on Sunday but instead, the Gers players reverted to type and hid. The result against Celtic could well now prove to be the catalyst for even bigger changes than anyone expected at Ibrox this summer. If the players want an idea of how they should be feeling then they just need to have a look at Twitter and see how even the more reasonable fans are furious.

In other Rangers news, Dave King must improve his offer to Gerrard after an English club joined the hunt to appoint the Liverpool icon.

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