By James Black
Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has left Kilmarnock by mutual consent after failing to win any of their league games so far – and Rangers fans are disappointed to see it end in ignominy for ‘Jig’.
The Ayrshire club have drawn three and lost five of their eight league games since McCulloch took permanent charge in June and the Kilmarnock board clearly feel it’s time for a change if they are to avoid another relegation battle.
McCulloch spent eight years at Ibrox after signing for £2.7million from Wigan Athletic in 2007 and helped the side to three Scottish titles, three Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups before playing his part in getting the Gers back up the divisions after their demotion to the fourth tier in 2012.
The 39-year-old also represented the club in their first European final for almost forty years when they faced Zenit St. Petersburg in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.
Rangers fans had hoped McCulloch would do well at Kilmarnock and are disappointed to see him get sacked so early in the campaign.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Wanted killie to do well for big jig but hope they go doon noo
— Archie (@archie1872) October 1, 2017
Big jig sacked by killie !!! Not surprised to be honest
— William Milroy (@themongoose15) October 1, 2017
I really wanted jig to do well at killie a genuinely nice guy who I wish all the best in the future
— scott baillie (@sbailliefitness) October 1, 2017
Big Jig sacked by Killie.
Jim McIntyre to take over?
— Craig Swift (@TopFenceClimber) October 1, 2017
Unlucky for killie big jig is some man⚽
— David Wilson (@DavidWilsonn6) October 1, 2017
Lee McCulloch has left killie by mutual consent. Another manager out of a job.
— ς ∑ ∑ ﾉ ∆ ∆ ㄚ (@The_1_and_0n1y) October 1, 2017
McCulloch becomes the second Scottish Premiership manager to lose his job over the last few days following Jim McIntyre’s sacking by Ross County.
The former Ibrox captain made over 300 appearances for the Gers in his eight years at Ibrox before leaving at the end of his contract in 2015.
The 18-times-capped McCulloch initially joined Kilmarnock as player/coach in July 15 before taking interim charge in February this year when Lee Clark left to take the reigns at Bury.
After avoiding relegation, McCulloch was given the role on a permanent basis but many will argue he was given nowhere near enough time to improve his squad with only eight games gone so far in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas believes that Caixinha will be axed by the Gers.