If one thing has been rather forgotten in the chaos over the weekend’s Old Firm result, it has been the fallout and chaos in the chaos over the fortnight earlier’s weekend Old Firm result, whereby Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace were suspended for unknown reasons.
Officially, no explanation was ever cited, nor will it – but unofficially it ranges from a dressing room disagreement to an out and out fist fight with now-departed manager Graeme Murty.
Whatever the truth is, Rangers now have two senior players to consider the futures of.
Quite honestly, whatever you think of Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace, they really do have Rangers’ best interests at heart.
Some claim, such as Ibrox Noise’s own Robbie, that Miller threw a strop because he didn’t start aforementioned defeat at Hampden. The problem with that argument is he had no issue with not starting the one at Ibrox either.
He, and Lee Wallace, are both one of us. They are bluenoses through and through and with Murty’s departure, their willingness to stand up and protest, like Barry Ferguson all those years ago, has frankly been vindicated.
Murty did not have a clue, and we don’t necessarily blame him for that, but the players can’t exactly storm into the boardroom and whine the tactics are wrong.
The future is curious for both players. Miller had been linked with Motherwell, Hibs, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, but we all know he would love to stay at Ibrox – would Steven Gerrard appreciate having Miller within backroom staff?
Miller has admitted he wants to play on, but his legs hardly allow it. If he does leave, quite honestly yours truly won’t be as bitter about him as some are being.
As for Wallace – with Rangers having only one (is John actually fit yet?) left back right now, three if you include Hodson and Halliday, his experience could be frankly critical in an ailing defence over the final three matches. If Jimmy Nicholl and JJ restore him (and/or Miller) to the first team squad for Saturday, that will be telling.
We have no crystal ball, but Murty’s departure vindicates a little bit of Miller and Wallace’s intentions – to speak up for the club. Murty wasn’t listening, and made it even worse at Parkhead.
We don’t condone insurrection, but we do appreciate those with our best interests at heart standing up for us.