'Thrown to the garbage' - Celtic boss Rodgers slams treatment of Rangers senior man
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers thinks Graeme Murty has been “thrown to the garbage” by Rangers and thinks the way the Gers boss has been treated has been “very discourteous.”
Murty has seen fans call for his resignation in recent weeks as the Gers suffered two humiliating Old Firm defeats to leave them facing a scrap to secure second in the Scottish Premiership.
Rodgers thinks the turnaround by the club and fans after “a couple of defeats” in “very, very trying” circumstances has been unfair on the Gers senior man.
“Graeme Murty’s been in a position where he’s been put in a job. Last year he was Under-20s coach and everyone was talking about how he was a good guy and doing very well,” Rodgers told TalkSport, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Now because of a couple of defeats and it hasn’t quite worked out he’s just been thrown to the garbage really and I think it’s very discourteous.
“The guy went in to Rangers and he’s done his very, very best and from the outside, it looks very, very trying and difficult circumstances.”
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Murty looks set to depart the Gers in the summer when his contract comes to an end after taking the reins of the first-team following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October.
After the Gers approached, and were knocked back by, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes the Light Blues board handed Murty a deal until the end of the season.
The Gers find themselves three points off Aberdeen in second in the Scottish Premiership with only three games left in the campaign – including a trip to Pittodrie to face the Dons.
Football Insider verdict
It’s hard to disagree with Rodgers here. Murty found himself thrown into a horrendous situation and, after looking like he had turned things around, had to watch it all go up in smoke. Regardless of people’s thoughts on Murty’s performance as manager, some of the abuse and vitriol aimed his way has been completely unnecessary. After getting to watch Murty at close quarters regularly last season with the Under-20s side, there’s no doubting he’s a passionate, intelligent guy who wants what is best for the Gers but hasn’t been able to deliver with the first-team.