Kris Boyd has named the Rangers players and staff he believes are at blame for their collapse that has given Celtic a 16 point lead in the Premiership.
Just a little over a month ago, Rangers appeared set to mount a challenge for the Premiership title. They had managed to beat Celtic in their own backyard convincingly. And Steven Gerrard’s side looked like the best team in Scotland.
The onus appeared to be on Celtic to tilt the title race back in their January transfer window. Although the signings of Klimala and Soro have proved to be underwhelming, they have not needed them in all honesty.
The wheels have completely fallen off at Ibrox. Since their return from the winter break, Rangers have lost four times in domestic competitions. They are now 16 points behind the Hoops in the league and out of the Scottish Cup. And the fingerpointing has begun.
Kris Boyd, former Rangers star and one of their most vocal supporters, has named the people he blames for their collapse.
Boyd wrote in his column in The Scottish Sun:
‘It’s all the stuff around it that troubles me more. It’s captain James Tavernier admitting the team can’t take the heat — and the fact he did it in an article for his own match programme.
“It’s striker Alfredo Morelos returning late from Colombia and being axed for the Scottish Cup exit at Hearts.
“It’s coach Michael Beale trying to convince fans that the team’s more technically suited to Europe. I didn’t hear any of that in the first part of the season.
“It’s defender Andy Halliday being the only player willing to take questions after the Accies defeat when he wasn’t even playing.
“And yes, it’s about the chairman still trying to oversee the running of the club from outwith these shores.
“For me, none of these things should have been allowed to happen.
“They haven’t helped Gerrard in any way, shape or form. He will know performances must get better quickly — but all this other stuff could have been prevented.
“And its high time someone in authority at Ibrox brought everyone together to remind them that the only way forward for the club is to end this culture of looking after yourself.”
Similar to last season, Rangers have choked under the pressure. Right now they are 16 points behind Celtic although they have two games in hand. In the form that they are in though, it won’t be surprising if they do not win either of them.