Former Rangers defender Michael Ball has blasted the Gers for their performance in Sunday’s 4-0 Old Firm defeat at the hands of Celtic – saying the lack of “pride, passion and effort” is unforgivable.
The Gers were put to the sword by Brendan Rodgers’ side as they took a step closer to an unprecedented back-to-back domestic treble by booking their place in next month’s final.
Two goals each side of half-time had the Gers languishing and Ball slammed the Gers players for the way they looked to simply being going through the motions at Hampden.
“Never a good day when you get beat in a semi-final. You can lack quality and ability that can be forgiven. But lack of pride, passion & effort is totally unforgivable,” Ball said on his personal Twitter account.
Never a good day when you get beat in a semi-final.
You can lack quality and ability that can be forgiven. But lack of pride, passion & effort is totally unforgivable. #Ready
— Michael Ball (@bally03) April 15, 2018
Few – if any – of the Gers players come away with pass marks and the lack od any sort of commitment from the Gers players will have been particularly galling for the Light Blues fans.
After pushing Celtic close in each of the last three Old Firm games, Gers fans were cautiously hopeful of taking something from the Hampden clash but were repaid with an abject display.
Football Insider verdict:
One of the most interesting aspects of Sunday’s defeat is how many former pros are coming out and questioning the character of the Gers squad. If there are any of the Rangers squad who think they can at least be happy that they gave their all at Hampden then there is something terrifyingly wrong at Ibrox just now. The only bit of fight on show was Andy Halliday launching a foul-mouthed rant at a fan after being substituted before half-time. If he showed half as much fight on the pitch as he had when given stick by a fan then he might not have had to suffer the shame of the Celtic end of Hampden singing his name.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.