David Weir urges Ibrox faithful to support Lee McCulloch after recent criticism

Rangers hero David Weir has urged fans to get behind Lee McCulloch.

Rangers defender David Weir has told The Sun that the Ibrox faithful need to get behind captain Lee McCulloch after recent criticism.

McCulloch, 36, joined Rangers almost eight years ago from Wigan Athletic, and has now made almost 300 appearances for the club in a number of different positions.

Whilst the likes of Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis left Ibrox in 2012 when the club was demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football, McCulloch stayed loyal and set out to help Rangers make the long journey back up to the top flight.

After successive promotions, Rangers are now stumbling in the Championship, and with Hearts already crowned as Champions, Stuart McCall's men will now have to go through the play-offs to try and win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

Their hopes took a blow last week with a 2-2 draw at home to Falkirk, in a game which saw McCulloch booed by his own supporters after an error cost his team a goal.

As club captain, it's a surprise to see McCulloch booed, and former Rangers skipper Weir has told The Sun that his former team-mate is desperate to succeed, and should be given a break by supporters.

"Lee is a realist," said Weir. "When you play for a club like Rangers it goes with the territory when you’re not winning. It might be a boo now and again but it shows you the fans care. On the flip side of that, they must know that Lee cares too."

"Lee’s commitment is not in question, it’s never been in doubt. He stood by Rangers and he’s just about the only one left at the club who was there through the good times and suffered through the bad times."

"He understands what it means more than anyone else at the club. He probably wants it more than anyone else too. He wants to get Rangers back to where they should be and he’s been driven and desperate to do that. Lee has carried that burden on his shoulders ever since Rangers were sent down to Division Three," he added.

McCulloch's contract at Rangers expires in the summer, and given his age, he may not earn another one - but will be keen to get Rangers back in the Premiership regardless.

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