Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes the Gers were hurt by a lack of confidence against Celtic in Sunday’s 5-0 Old Firm thrashing – and admitted the Light Blues had “no chance” of a result against their bitter rivals.
The win secured Celtic’s seventh successive Scottish title and proved to be the last game of Graeme Murty’s reign as manager, with the Gers boss sacked on Tuesday morning.
McCulloch thinks some of the Gers’ players are at the “lowest of the low” with their confidence and believes it showed at Celtic Park.
“Sometimes as a player you just need to take your hat off and say you were beaten by the better team on the day. That is football,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“On Sunday, I think that was the case at Parkhead. The result hurt Rangers, of course it did because it was their biggest rivals.
“But there are players in that team that are at the lowest of the low in terms of their confidence and they stood no chance against Celtic.”
The Light Blues are sat in third in the Scottish Premiership after the Parkhead capitulation and need to win their final three games if they are to finish the season in second-place, ahead of Aberdeen.
Following Murty’s sacking, Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take temporary charge of the first-team while Murty considers his options, including a return to the club’s Under-20s.
Football Insider verdict:
In the last few Old Firm games, some of the Gers side have looked beaten before they even step foot on the pitch. While confidence might be low, that means little to fans – 7500 of whom forked out £50 each to sit through the horror show served up at Celtic Park. Unfortunately, fans don’t get to offer up weak excuses such as being low on confidence despite continually being asked to cough up to watch players earning more in a week than most fans will earn in several months go through the motions.