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.

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Scott Arfield scored for Rangers at Hampden but they had already shipped three goals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson called out GvB after the Hibs defeat and is now being slammed by fans. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I would have been down there, waiting work permit or not,” he told Go Radio as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I think that’s showing passion after that first half performance.”

“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:

 

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee has been dealt a major blow and could be out until 2022 with injury.

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