Suspended Rangers duo prove how standards have slipped at Ibrox
Rangers captain Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller have been suspended by the Ibrox giants after a reported row with manager Graeme Murty following Sunday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup humiliation at the hands of Celtic – but the banned duo would never have dreamed of speaking to previous Gers bosses in that way.
The pair have been suspended pending an internal investigation after losing the plot in the dressing-room at the national stadium at full-time and it looks like it will cost them both their Ibrox careers.
In recent years at Ibrox there has been an impression that the tail is wagging the dog as the players have largely taken control with nobody enforcing any sort of standards at the club.
From small things such as the way players address senior staff to the way they conduct themselves in public, things have changed at Ibrox to a remarkable degree over the last five to 10 years.
Much of it will seem like small, insignificant things but they have all contributed to the erosion of standards at the club – and plenty others across the world too – and the row between Miller, Wallace and Murty is a perfect example of how things have changed.
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You don’t even need to go too far back into the Gers’ past to see how such things wouldn’t be tolerated – although there were always exceptions such as Paul Gascoigne – and players having a go at the manager in such a way that it becomes a formal disciplinary issue would never have happened under Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat or even Alex McLeish.
It used to be the case that the manager of Rangers was universally respected, if only because of the position he held at the club, but that no longer seems to be the case and if it isn’t changed sooner rather than later then incidents like this will only happen more often.