By Richard Parks
Chris Sutton slammed Andy Halliday in the Daily Record for his reaction to being substituted by Graeme Murty in the first half of Rangers’ 4-0 Scottish Cup mauling by Celtic.
Halliday was seen shouting in the direction of manager Graeme Murty after being substituted four minutes before the break, shortly after Celtic had romped into a 2-0 lead in the semi-final clash at Hampden Park.
Murty insisted he would let the dust settle before speaking to the player as he apologised for the Hampden horrorshow.
New images emerged on social media on Monday, posted by the Rangers Culture Twitter account, of Halliday also arguing with a supporter as he had to be restrained by teammate Bruno Alves before taking his place on the substitute’s bench.
“Halliday didn’t get close to anyone while he was on the park and his conduct was totally unacceptable,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record. “He was screaming at the bench – blaming everyone else but himself and that sums up the Rangers players’ mentality.
“What kind of ship are Rangers running? Halliday was discarded by the previous manager and brought back in by Murty but was absolutely hopeless against Celtic yesterday.
“So what right does he have to act like that? The Rangers players are out of control. Kris Commons did something similar with Ronny Deila in Molde but the difference is he could actually play and back it up.
“Halliday has done nothing and should have been ashamed of his performance. I’m not saying Murty got it right but the 26-year-old should have kept his head down in that situation.”
Football Insider verdict:
By Sutton’s reckoning, you’re only allowed to hit out at your manager, teammates and fans if you’re a key player with a track record of achievement. That is nonsense, of course. Halliday was bang out of order, just as Commons was under Deila a few years back. Halliday’s selection was perverse before the match and an epic blunder as every minute passed by, with Murty’s decision to play him in a three-man midfield alongside Graham Dorrans and Greg Docherty backfiring in the worse possible way. Supporters on social media having been fuming all day by the conduct of Halliday, with many claiming he should be sold immediately by the club for behaving in such fashion. That is the very least Rangers must do to eradicate a culture that stinks.