Lee McCulloch has criticised Rangers for the way they handled his departure from the club, in his Evening Times column.

The 40-year-old was discussing the handling of Lee Wallace’s situation as he comes to the end of his Ibrox contract.

Wallace will leave Rangers at the end of his contract, after eight years of service. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

However, he clearly still harbours some discontent at how he himself was treated by the club.

McCulloch spent eight years at Ibrox between 2007 and 2015, before leaving for Kilmarnock.

He was also given the captaincy in 2012. Yet, it seems that didn’t count for much when it was deemed he was surplus to requirements.

McCulloch leads Rangers out for a Scottish Cup tie in 2012. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“In my last year at Ibrox, I knew about Christmas that it was going to be the end for me there”, McCulloch wrote in the Evening Times. 

“I got told in a sort of back-handed way, it wasn’t very professional and was just in a chat, and I had made my mind up as well that it would be time for me to step down as captain.”

 

He went on to compare his situation with Wallace’s, saying that things don’t always pan out the way you expect. Yet, ultimately, you must make do and carry on.

McCulloch celebrates scoring for the Gers in his final season at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

It seems hard to imagine that someone who had given Rangers as much service as McCulloch, would be dealt with in this way.

After all, he stuck with the club through thick and thin. He, like Wallace, turned down offers from elsewhere to stick it out with the club and come back up through the divisions.

That was an unprecedented and dark period in the Rangers’ history. One thing that’s for sure, too, is that it would have taken longer to get back to the SPL if stalwarts like them didn’t stick by the club.

McCulloch deserved better than this allegedly indifferent treatment.

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