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Rangers fans fume at Murty's treatment of Andy Halliday

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday was substituted early by manager Graeme Murty.

Andy Halliday reacts to a missed penalty for Rangers during the Scottish Championship match between Rangers and Alloa Athletic  at Ibrox Stadium April 23, 2016 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

There is nothing more embarrassing for a professional footballer than to be substituted before half-time if he is playing poorly.

Except if you are Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday, as his embarrassment was taken up to the next level by the occasion.

Manager Graeme Murty hooked Halliday 40 minutes into Rangers' Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.

Rangers were 2-0 down at the time, when Murty substituted a furious Halliday and brought Josh Windass in his place.

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.

Halliday was angry and understandably so, to be humiliated on a big day with friends and family in the crowd and watching at home.

Murty's tactics and team selection were poor at Hampden, and to even start Halliday was a big gamble.

But Murty could quite easily have simply waited to half-time to bring Halliday off, instead of humiliating him in the way he did.

Rangers have now lost their last two games to Celtic and there may be no recovery from this one for Murty.

Halliday was not playing well but he was not the only one. Rangers fans feel Murty simply used as a scapegoat to deflect from his own failings.

Here is a look at how Rangers fans reacted on Twitter to Murty's decision...

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