Former Rangers ace Bob Malcolm claims that the bust-up between Lee Wallace, Kenny Miller and Graeme Murty should be “staying in the dressing room” – after the players were suspended by the Ibrox giants on Tuesday.
The pair were summoned to Ibrox following the 4-0 Scottish Cup thrashing by Celtic on Sunday at Hampden and informed they would be suspended pending an internal investigation that looks likely to bring both of their Ibrox careers to an end.
Miller’s contract is up in the summer with Wallace’s having a further year to run.
Malcolm thinks the fans have been put in a “hard” situation by the duo’s actions as they are both popular with supporters but insists it should never have got out in the first place.
“I know things have changed, but if you can’t take stick for a bad performance from a manager then you shouldn’t be playing the game. Not everything is rosy every week, you are going to have bad times, and it’s about how the team comes through it,” Malcolm said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“In our first-team, it was sorted out between ourselves. If somebody had something to say, it would be said, and it would be sorted out in the dressing room either at half-time before we went back out or after the game.
“No-one would leave until everything was sorted and things had been said, and that’s the way it was. On a Monday morning you would come back into training, everything was forgotten about, and you worked hard for each other and go on to the next game. If it has gone over-and-above that, well…
“I know the fans have mixed views. They like Kenny and they like Lee, so it’s a hard one for them, but these sorts of things should be staying in the dressing room.”
The Gers return to action – without Wallace and Miller – on Sunday when they face Hearts at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
Murty’s side will be desperate for three points as they fight to secure second in the Scottish Premiership ahead of Aberdeen and Hibs.
Football Insider verdict
The story of the bust-up should never have seen the light of day but it did and now the Gers need to deal with the consequences. Malcolm seems to suggest that Miller and Wallace are the ones who put the story out but wither way with a formal suspension on the cards, it was always going to end up being public. The quicker the Gers can resolve the whole shambles and get the season over with the better although there is a real chance that this drags on for weeks and months and hang over the club like a big black cloud.