Furious Rangers team-mates fought amongst themselves in the Hampden tunnel yesterday after a Scottish Cup thrashing from Celtic. Record Sport Online can reveal Greg Docherty and Alfredo Morelos had to be pulled apart as they clashed in front of stunned onlookers moments after the final whistle had sounded on the 4-0 derby demolition. The pair were spotted swapping angry words as they made their way off the pitch with Portuguese veteran Bruno Alves acting as a peacemaker.
Alfredo Morelos has words with his own teammates at full-time
But the bad blood spilled over as they made their way inside amidst chaotic scenes. One witness revealed: “Emotions were running high. Morelos and Docherty went for each other and it was just as well there were enough people around to split them up before things got completely out of hand.
“To make matters even more embarrassing some of Celtic’s backroom team were present at the time and they saw what went on.” It’s understood there were more heated exchanges inside the Rangers dressing room as tempers boiled over after a humiliating defeat to the champions.
Andy Halliday was also seen shouting in the direction of manager Graeme Murty after being substituted before the break, shortly after Celtic had romped into a 2-0 lead. Murty insisted he would let the dust settle before speaking to the player as he apologised for the Hampden horrorshow. The manager added: “I wouldn’t have been happy. I completely understand his frustration but I was reacting to a situation in the game and I was looking at a different shape to the team. “Andy’s frustrated but I’ll see him in the week and have a chat and take things from there. “It’s a frustration thing. If you deal with people in an emotional state, you get an emotional response.”
Rangers’ Andy Halliday shows his frustrations after being substituted
Bruno Alves consoles a frustrated Andy Halliday
Murty admitted he experienced the lowest point of his career as he watched Celtic hammer his team. The Ibrox boss refused to discuss his own future in the wake of his side’s abject display which saw them play the last 40 minutes with 10 men after young Ross McCrorie was red carded for bringing down Moussa Dembele for a penalty which gifted Celtic their third goal. Pointedly, Murty also refused to answer if he felt his side had let him down but he admitted he couldn’t blame the support for walking out on them long before the end of the capitulation, which had earlier seen him hook Andy Halliday before the break – a decision which prompted a furious reaction from the recalled midfielder. The Rangers manager said: “It’s a lonely place standing on the sidelines when that’s going on. I don’t think words are enough to convey how I’m feeling right now. “I would apologise to the fans for the game. I would ask for the patience and ask them to keep believing but we can’t keep asking it.
Murty has apologised to the Rangers supporters
“We have to put a performance on worthy of their support. We didn’t do enough to make them want to stay in the stadium today. “There was emotion, anger, disappointment in the dressing room – all the things you would expect after a game like that. “It’s about putting all of them into positives to power you through to the end of the season. “But this is the worst I have ever felt in my career, without a doubt.” Asked why Rangers had gone down so meekly, Murty admitted he didn’t have an answer. He said: “There’s lots of things to look at. I don’t think we got close enough to them. We didn’t put them under enough pressure and allowed them to play through us too easily. “All four goals were easily avoidable just through basic, good defending and in the second half, we gave them the penalty and sending off which makes their job far, far easier.
Celtic were comfortable winners
“I’ll have a look at it. There are things we can all get better at but it’s too raw right now to go into it. We’ll look at it in the cold light of day. “We were just passive. I don’t know why. I asked them to get into a shape and the structure was there to allow them to go and press but when it comes to the game, you have to get up closer to your opponent than we did in the first period. “It seems to be the case at times that we’ve had really good opportunities to claw something back from the game and we haven’t managed to do it. I’ve said we have to be clinical in both boxes and I don’t think we managed to do that at all today. Craig made a couple of good saves but we should have scored at least one. I know it’s scant consolation right now but we were not worthy of getting anything from the game today.” Despite the defeat – this was the 10th game running that Rangers had failed to beat their rivals – the Ibrox gaffer remains adamant that there’s no mental block about facing Celtic. He said: “No not at all. There is belief in the squad that they can challenge Celtic but I didn’t feel it today, not in the first half.
“I felt it in the last game at home but that belief keeps getting challenged and we have to step up. “It’s our job to make sure this doesn’t have a bearing in the final league games. “The players need to respond – not just against Celtic. There are big games ahead of us and we have to get a response between now and the end of the season of we want to finish as we should.” But when asked if he can see how the gulf between the two Glasgow clubs can be closed, he answered: “That’s the million dollar question isn’t it? You need really good recruitment, really good tactics and with more passion and belief than we showed today.” So did the players let him down? By not answering, he answered it, even if all he said was: “I’m not going to answer that one. You’ll have to ask the players. We all need to have a look at our contributions.” There is now a huge doubt over whether he’ll be given the opportunity to try to close the gap but yesterday Murty wasn’t prepared to discuss that, saying: “ “I’m not going to talk about my role. I think it would be churlish and selfish to talk about my own situation.” Read More