Former Celtic star Kris Commons has boldly claimed the uncertainty over Graeme Murty’s future at Ibrox is affecting the Rangers players’ form.
The Gers have failed to win their last three matches with defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock followed up by a disappointing 2-2 draw with Motherwell on Saturday.
Murty is only in charge until the end of the season with it looking increasingly unlikely he won’t be Gers boss next season.
The Sky Sports pundit thinks players play their best when they are settled and doesn’t believe the Ibrox players have that luxury at the moment.
“Anyone who believes footballers are not affected by uncertainty surrounding their club are guilty of wishful thinking,” Commons said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“Take it from me, if you don’t know if a manager is going to be there beyond the end of a season, it will affect you. And no matter what anyone says to the contrary, that’s what is happening at Rangers at the moment.
“The more settled a player is in his day job and at home, the easier it is to play football to the very best of your ability.
“At the minute, Rangers players don’t have that.
“There are too many things not in order which probably explains the team’s inconsistency.”
The Light Blues had been in a rich vein of form before the recent Old Firm defeat and have appeared to be in freefall since losing 3-2 to Brendan Rodgers’ side at Ibrox.
The Glasgow giants meet again on April 15th in the Scottish Cup semi-final and the Gers will need to be at their very best to stand a chance of booking a place in the showpiece final in May.
Football Insider verdict
There can be little doubt that the ongoing speculation affects the players – and probably the coaching staff – despite their public denials otherwise. The recent results have been nowhere near good enough but, while it may just be a coincidence, when Murty was the flavour of the month the Gers’ results were much better. With it looking incredibly unlikely anything will change at Ibrox before the cup final in May, the Light Blues squad need to find a way of dealing with the speculation and getting back to winning games.