Frank McAvennie has hit out at Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst for his scheduling complaints.
The Gers suffered a sixth defeat from six in their final Champions League group stage game against Ajax at Ibrox last week.
It finished what was a miserable return to UEFA’s top tier for the Light Blues, who recorded the worst-ever campaign in the competition’s history.
Following the game, as quoted by FootballScotland, Van Bronckhorst claimed that the “difference” between the two sides was that their Dutch opponents were afforded the weekend prior off.
However, speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said:
“I do not get that.
“He has got a big squad. Managers complain about anything now. It [Champions League] was a step too far for them.
“They did brilliant last year in the Europa League, and this year, the Champions League was just that step up. They will learn from it.
“You have got [Antonio] Colak and [Alfredo] Morelos fighting for a place, but neither of them have found that spark in Europe. Gio shouldn’t complain about anything. Players want to play all the time, it is a nonsense.
“Celtic played the day earlier, they played midweek and on Saturday. It is swings and roundabouts. Playing Tuesdays and Sundays is not a bad thing.”
TIF Thoughts on McAvennie’s comments…
Should Rangers sack Van Bronckhorst?
While a couple more days’ recovery would undoubtedly have helped Rangers, it is perhaps unreasonable to use that as an excuse given their previous performances in Europe.
Perhaps the comments made by the manager were the sign of a man under increasing pressure, and defeat to St Johnstone at the weekend only compounded his misery.
With no European football to contend with, the Bears’ sole focus will be on regaining the Scottish Premiership, but a seven-point gap to rivals Celtic has opened up and the cracks are seemingly showing at Ibrox.