Rangers fans have slammed Barry Ferguson for his response to the Gers’ Premier Sports Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs.
Rangers were well below-par at Hampden on Sunday and were beaten 3-1 by the Edinburgh club.
It was the latest of a number of avoidable slip-ups in cup competitions from this playing group, and Connor Goldson’s post-match comments caused outrage.
One man who certainly wasn’t at fault for the defeat is Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Dutchman was announced as the new Rangers boss a few days before the fixture and he attended the game, but it was made very clear that he wouldn’t be beginning his new role until this week and Ross Wilson confirmed on Monday that the work permit process hadn’t been completed until after the weekend.
Remarkably, there has been criticism directed towards GvB, though, not only from the Daily Record’s Keith Jackson but also from Ferguson.
The 43-year-old claimed that if he was the manager in that situation, he would have gone into the changing room at half-time to try and spark a reaction from the players.
“Even if it turned out with Hibs winning, I don’t think people would have looked at it as tainted.
“What would I do? I would have went down. That’s just my character. Maybe Giovanni is a bit different. But looking at that first half surely you needed the new manager?”
Unsurprisingly, Bears aren’t happy with the way the ex-Rangers skipper and current Alloa Athletic boss called out his former teammate.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Who needs enemies, eh? Manager hadn’t even started his job yet and you’ve got ex-teammates throwing him under the bus. https://t.co/4keVj4VrJA
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) November 22, 2021
As I said the other day. You’d want Barry nowhere near new regime. Great footballer. But needs to learn when to zip it. https://t.co/ld1o1IYFmQ
— BMC 🇳🇱🍊 (@BMCRangersRants) November 23, 2021
Embarrassing that a captain who I loved more than anything is throwing an ex team mate under the bus straight away.
It’s as if someone’s jealous he hasn’t got the job like he thought he would at this stage going by that time Pedro interviewed him 👀 https://t.co/edZZwIp2RS
— Baldy Barisic 🇬🇧 (@Baldy_Barisic) November 23, 2021
That's the thinking which shows he's not mature enough for that level of management, if he had done that his work permit would be refused out of hand, any excuse and Rangers would get hammered. https://t.co/jNAmcE76sn
— Silvio Tattisconie 💎 (@STatt1sconie) November 23, 2021
This guy really is trying his best to ruin his reputation. https://t.co/TUDJY3oTFF
— Patrick Caskie (@patrickcaskie) November 23, 2021
— Mr Van 55 🇳🇱🍊 (@MBS1872) November 23, 2021
Translation: "I'm fuming I'm not in his coaching staff" https://t.co/wslRRcm292
— Adam. 🤙 (@AMG1872) November 23, 2021