Former Liverpool and Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has hit out at Rangers’ underperforming stars, as reported by the Daily Record.
Rangers limped to another draw against Livingston on Saturday afternoon with boos ringing out around Ibrox after the fourth straight draw, and Rangers fans are rightfully angry with recent diplays.
The performances clearly haven’t been good enough from the Rangers players and Dalglish openly criticised the struggling Light Blues players who have been well below par in 2015.
Speaking at AFC Claremont to highlight nominating a #GrassrootsHero for the SFA’s and McDonald’s Grassroots Awards, the former Liverpool manager explained that Stuart McCall will now know what he has to do to turn the Gers season around.
He said: “Stuart will now know what he’s let himself in for but it shouldn’t matter who the manager is.
“Whether you like or dislike the guy in charge surely you have some respect for yourself.
“I’d like to think if you’re a professional footballer then the least you do is go out and try to do your best in the preparation and in the match. That has to be a minimum requirement.
“Maybe it’s being too simplistic to take it as a given. It doesn’t matter who the manager is if you are a player. If you want a contract then you’ve got to play and you’ve got to play well.”
McCall gave Tom Walsh a chance to prove himself on Saturday as he looks at other options in the squad, but Walsh was unable to add a goal to an otherwise strong performance.
Although the selection policy is showing some signs of change, Dalglish also hit out at the players for their performances under Kenny McDowall and was critical of the selection of the older international players who were being picked in the place of some of younger talents coming through.
“Whether Stuart gets the job or whether it’s Kenny McDowall or Ally McCoist you still have to play,” explained Dalglish.
“Surely there are enough people coming to watch that they’ve pride in themselves to want to play.
“When you consider what the Rangers players have got, materialistically and every other way, then they have to look at themselves.
“They have the second biggest budget in Scotland outside of Celtic but they haven’t beaten Hearts or Hibs yet have they?
“They should be able to compete in the Championship better than they have been.
“With all due respect to the other teams in the Championship, they should be saying: ‘We should be beating them’."
McCall’s second game in charge comes on Tuesday night against Alloa, where Rangers desperately need to win in order to kick-start their season. Whilst the new manager has his own ideas he has had precious little time to implement any changes since taking over and needs a reaction from his players.