Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller criticised current Ibrox duo James Tavernier and Ryan Kent on BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound, as quoted by BBC.co.uk, for their recent comments amid a domestic collapse.
The Gers have fallen away markedly since the turn of the year, failing to win five of their nine Premiership matches, while also being knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the quarter-final stage by Hearts.
Skipper, Tavernier, writing in the matchday programme ahead of Wednesday night’s defeat to Hamilton, suggested that he and his teammates were wilting under the pressure to win every game.
Meanwhile, following European success against Braga – the best side the Gers have faced since the break – Kent suggested that the current crop are better suited to being underdogs [Daily Record].
Neither players’ comments went down well with Miller.
“That’s not what the football club is about,” he told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound, as quoted by BBC.co.uk. “It is about standing up to being favourites every single game you go into, winning leagues, winning trophies.”
The recently retired Miller is certainly in a strong position to comment on what it takes to be a Rangers player, having turned out 265 times for the Gers in all competitions, winning five major trophies, as well as the Scottish Championship and Challenge Cup.
There’s no doubt the comments from both players will have hit a nerve for a lot of Bears.
Amid such wretched domestic form, they will have wanted to see a reaction. For big characters to stand up and turn things around.
Instead, with the midweek defeat against Hamilton, a new low was reached, while senior players in the side are admitting to fragilities within the team.
Looking ahead to the weekend clash against Ross County, the Gers are not in a good place and certain individuals face an uphill battle to get the fans back onside.