Report details savage nature of Rangers dressing room bust-up after defeat to Celtic
Rangers manager Graeme Murty was subjected to a “savage verbal onslaught” by captain Lee Wallace and striker Kenny Miller, according to a report.
Gary Ralston, writing for the Daily Record, claims the pair “let loose with a savage verbal onslaught that slaughtered his pre-match planning and matchday preparation in front of stunned team-mates in the dressing room after the 4-0 defeat.”
The pair have since been suspended by the Ibrox giants and it looks unlikely either will play for the Light Blues again with Miller’s contract ending in the summer while Wallace has a further year left to run.
Miller was an unused substitute while Wallace was unavailable through injury after missing much of the season.
Ralston also claims that the Gers board are “particularly incensed” by Wallace’s behaviour given his role as captain.
Both players have already fallen foul of the manager this season when Pedro Caixinha banished Miller to the Under-20s for leaking details of a team meeting to the Daily Record before Wallace was ordered to stay away from the draw with Kilmarnock in October.
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If “savage verbal onslaught” is accurate then the pair deserve everything coming their way. Regardless of the players’ thoughts of Murty’s tactics or planning there are proper ways to bring that up with the manager and, as senior players, they will have much more scope to have that discussion with the manager. Simply passing it off as being ‘passionate’ doesn’t cut it. Arthur Numan told a story once about Dick Advocaat’s losing an Old Firm game and Ian Ferguson having a word with the manager to explain why his reaction wasn’t appropriate. No “savage verbal onslaught,” no suspensions but things noticeably changed in the next Old Firm. Wallace and Miller should take a leaf from Ferguson’s book.