Ex-Rangers academy graduate Gregg Wylde slams Gers' effort against Celtic

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gregg Wylde graduated from the Rangers youth system in 2009 and picked up a winner's medal in their last league winning campaign in 2011.

Gregg Wylde of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball watched by Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton...

Former Rangers youngster Gregg Wylde summed up his emotions in a short but sharp tweet following Celtic's annihilation of his old side at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Celtic ran out 4-0 victors over their arch rivals in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, Rangers' last chance to end Brendan Rodgers' treble-winning hopes for a second year running. 

The Hoops will now face Motherwell in the May final, and Rangers only have a battle for second place to play for in terms of the rest of the season. 

Evidently frustrated with the lack of effort from the Rangers players, Wylde tweeted: "To wear that rangers jersey and play like that is a joke."

The current Plymouth Argyle winger, who is on loan at Morecambe this season, played in a Rangers side with some serious characters such as Lee McCulloch, David Weir, Steven Davis, Steven Naismith and Kenny Miller to name a few, and it is this exact type of player that the club is so desperately lacking today.

In their attempts to bridge the gap to Celtic, the Ibrox hierarchy has attempted to bring in as many players who are genuine Rangers fans as possible. 

Jamie Murphy, Greg Docherty and Graham Dorrans are three examples of this. However, all three played on Sunday and gave nothing in terms of effort compared to the former club stalwarts mentioned above that Wylde played alongside as a youngster. 

Glasgow Rangers players (From L-R) Sasa Papac, Steven davis, Maurice Edu, Kenny Miller, Madjid Bougherra, Steven Naismith, Kirk Broadfoot, Steven Whittaker, David Weir, Lee McCulloch and...

In fact, having netted a goal the previous week against Dundee, you would have expected Graeme Murty to select Kenny Miller in the starting lineup. Despite his age, the 38-year-old has more experience in Old Firm derbies than most and would have been the type to help lead the rest to match the level of intensity continually set by fellow veteran Scott Brown. 

Instead, Murty opted for Andy Halliday in the midfield, whom he hauled off in embarrassing fashion, four minutes before the break to further demoralise Rangers and their support. 

Many Gers fans will have watched on all around the world, thinking the exact same as Wylde and, as expected, there was an overwhelming amount of support to his tweet. 

Here is a round up of the reaction:

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