Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has admitted that he was “petrified” as Walter Smith blew his top following the Gers’ humiliating Champions League exit to Kaunas in 2008.
McCulloch has told a brilliant story of how he was sat next to Kevin Thomson after the Gers were knocked out at the first stage of the competition as legendary boss Smith tore strips off Thomson.
The Gers had reached the UEFA Cup final the previous season and were expected to do well in the Champions League before suffering an embarrassing defeat to the Lithuanians.
McCulloch told Si Ferry how Smith went ballistic after the game and almost hit kitman Jimmy Bell with a teapot in his rage when asked if he had ever been on the receiving end of Smith’s fury.
“I was sitting next to Kevin Thomson when we were put out in the Champions League qualifying stages away to Kaunas,” McCulloch told Ferry in OpenGoal’s latest video, posted to Twitter.
“My head was nearly between my knees incase he made eye contact and started with me!
“He went through Thommo that day.
“Really went through him.
“Picked up a teapot and threw it at the wall and missed Jimmy Bell by about an inch.
“I was petrified, absolutely petrified.”
WATCH: TONIGHT @ 5PM Episode 1 with Lee McCulloch. Lee tells Si about the most angry he ever saw Walter Smith and it was at the expense of our former guest @KThomsonAcademy! ⚽️☕️🤬 pic.twitter.com/wbWjccM1S6
— Open Goal (@opengoalsport) December 4, 2017
McCulloch spent eight years at Ibrox after signing from Wigan Athletic in 2007 and was part of the side who made it to the UEFA Cup final the following year.
The former Scotland international played over 300 times for the Gers and was handed the Ibrox captaincy in 2012 after Carlos Bocanegra signed for Spanish side Racing Santander.
McCulloch left Rangers in 2015 after the club failed to win promotion from the Scottish Championship, losing in the play-offs to Motherwell.
After leaving Ibrox, McCulloch joined Kilmarnock – eventually becoming manager at Rugby Park before leaving earlier this year.