'It wasn't Graeme's fault' - Neil Lennon tears into Rangers players
Celtic legend Neil Lennon has blasted Rangers’ squad and insisted they have not “done enough this season”, adding they should take more responsibility for the club’s poor performances.
The Gers collapsed in a 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final thrashing from their bitter rivals last weekend to ramp up the pressure on Murty but Lennon admits that the Gers boss is in a “really difficult position.”
“I think Graeme is in a really difficult position because he’s been interim manager for what, five or six months now?'” Lennon said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“What does that say to the players? ‘Oh things are going well, so great’. But if things don’t go so well? ‘Oh well, he’s not the manager’.
“Ultimately the buck stops with the manager but it’s the same players that were under (Pedro) Caixinha and it wasn’t Graeme’s fault at the start of the season.
“So maybe those players need to look at themselves and say, ‘I’ve not done enough this season’.”
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The Gers face Hearts this Sunday at Ibrox as they look to open up a gap on Aberdeen and Lennon’s Hibs in the race for second place in the Scottish Premiership.
The Light Blues lead Aberdeen on goal difference with Hibs three points further back with five games left in the season.
Football Insider verdict
The Rangers players need to take a big chunk of responsibility for the club’s poor results this season and it’s amazing that it has taken Neil Lennon of all people to come out and say it. Too many have failed to deliver on the park for the Gers when they need it most and the shows of disrespect from several of the players towards the manager hint at much deeper problems at Ibrox. With only five games to go, Murty needs to find a way to get his side to limp home in second in the Scottish Premiership and bring the season to an end. The next manager has a huge job on his hands sorting this squad out and getting rid of as many as 15 players.