Rangers legend delivers unwarranted criticism of Gers stars ahead of Celtic clash
Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has claimed word getting out that the Ibrox side had cheered being drawn against bitter rivals Celtic was a “massive PR blunder” – but the ex-Gers captain’s criticism is unwarranted ahead of the clash with Celtic.
Talking in the Daily Record, Ferguson said it will have given Brendan Rodgers’ side motivation going into this Sunday’s clash between the two teams at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
With the draw taking place at Ibrox immediately after last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Falkirk in the Scottish Cup, the Gers’ squad had just watched their name drawn from the hat, against their biggest rivals, minutes after coming off the pitch following a comfortable win.
What was Ferguson expecting; polite handshakes and hushed pleasantries?
Word that the Gers squad cheered then got out a few minutes later when Jason Cummings was asked live on Sky Sports in his post match interview about the dressing-room’s reaction to the draw with the interviewer actually asking about the cheers.
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There’s not a whole lot that anyone from Rangers could’ve done to stop it getting out that there had been the raucous reaction from the dressing-room.
Having spent so long at Ibrox as a player, Ferguson will surely be aware that the media room and home dressing-room are not separated by more than a wall or two so it can’t be a surprise that cheering coming from just along the corridor might be heard by anybody.
Manager Graeme Murty was then asked about the cheers just a few minutes later when he appeared in Sky Sports’ mini studio alongside Hayley McQueen, Kris Boyd and Kris Commons.
Ferguson maybe missed all of this but by this point the cat was well and truly out of the bag – and blaming anyone at Rangers for it is unfair from the former captain.