Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch thinks that Gers players “shouldn’t even need to be asked” to give absolutely everything in an Old Firm clash – but admits he “didn’t see that” in Sunday’s 4-0 capitulation at Hampden against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Gers were outclassed almost from the first whistle as their bitter rivals took a step closer to a historic back-to-back treble with the comfortable Hampden win.
McCulloch thinks the Gers should have had an early warning when Hoops striker Moussa Dembele cracked the post early on but revealed he didn’t see the “mentality” of a team who could win.
“When Moussa Dembele hit the post, that was the first warning sign but I didn’t see anyone grabbing the person next to them and saying ‘right, we haven’t started well but let’s get it together and stay together’,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I didn’t see that leadership on the pitch, I didn’t see a mentality or a team spirit and that isn’t acceptable.
“When you are playing with Rangers, it is an absolute gimme, you shouldn’t even need to be asked, that you run as far as you can, tackle as hard as you can, and are aggressive.
“That is taken for granted when you pull on that jersey and you come off that pitch with nothing left because you have given it everything in every single game. I just didn’t see that on Sunday.”
Following the result, the Light Blues have descended into chaos with the Gers confirming they had suspended club captain Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller, pending an internal investigation, after a bust-up with manager Graeme Murty in the dressing-room at full-time.
The Gers return to action on Sunday when they welcome Hearts to Ibrox on Sunday as the Light Blues try to secure second in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict
The rot seems to have set in at Ibrox a number of years ago and now the Light Blues are starting to really suffer for it. Sunday’s performance at Hampden was utterly atrocious from the Gers and there can’t be any of the players wearing a Rangers shirt who can be happy with the way they applied themselves against their bitter rivals. The suspensions of Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller only serve to further highlight how much of a farce the Ibrox side are becoming after suspending their club captain and one of his deputies.