BBC pundit: I can't get my head around this Rangers situation
BBC Sport pundit Lee McCulloch has claimed Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller are “not disruptive players” after the pair were suspended by Rangers following a row with manager Graeme Murty – and admits he can’t get his head around the whole situation.
The pair were suspended by the Gers on Tuesday, pending an internal investigation by the club, and McCulloch played with both at Ibrox for years knows them as well as anyone.
Neither player played in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat by Celtic that sparked the fall-out with Murty – Miller was an unused substitute and Wallace was injured – and are thought to have had an argument with the manager in the dressing-room after the final whistle.
The former Gers skipper doesn’t think either player is ‘disruptive’ and thinks they are both “passionate professionals.”
“I know Lee and Kenny very well, they are two passionate professionals,” McCulloch told BBC Scotland.
“They are not disruptive players at all. I can’t quite get my head round the whole situation.”
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This is the second time the pair have fallen foul of a Gers manager this season with Miller banished to the club’s Under-20s and Wallace ordered to stay away from a draw with Kilmarnock by then-manager Pedro Caixinha.
Miller’s Ibrox contract is up at the end of the season and it looks as though his Ibrox career is finished while Wallace still has one more year on his deal.
Both have had injury problems this season with Miller only making one start since rupturing his hamstring in December and Wallace not kicking a ball since September with a groin injury.
Football Insider verdict
With both players having got on the wrong side of two Rangers manager the blame would naturally fall towards the players in this instance – despite McCulloch’s experience with them – although without more details of exactly what went on it is difficult to get a real picture of what has happened at the national stadium. There’s nothing wrong with passion but there is a difference between being passionate and simply being disrespectful. Rangers fans will be glad when this season comes to an end and they can try forget about it.