RANGERS are taking the easy way out if they sack veteran striker Kenny Miller, insists former Celtic star John Hartson.

The ex-Welsh international frontman believes the 38-year-old forward is out of order if he verbally blasted Graeme Murty in the aftermath of the team’s 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final shambles against Brendan Rodgers’ men, as reported in Scotzine yesterday.

Hartson reckons the suspensions of Miller and club captain Lee Wallace may be used to deflect attention from more important issues at the faltering Ibrox club.

He said: “Listen, it could be a case of Rangers taking the easy way out, they’ve got a bit of a history of sacking players. They sacked their legend Barry Ferguson.

“It might be a case of it’s an easy way out for them with Kenny. If he’s coming to the end of his contract, a few months left and they’re probably paying him decent wages.

“Maybe they’ve just decided to rip his contract up and get him out.

“If they’ve gone with Graeme Murty, then somebody in the board must like him. Somebody must be backing him.

“He’s obviously gone to the board of directors and the chairman and said: ‘Look, I want this boy out.’

“People are saying Rangers are looking for a new manager, but that tells me that it might not be Graeme Murty out in the summer, he might instead be stronger there than people think.”

Hartson admits he does not know what took place in the dressing room afterwards, but does say Miller, if he did have a blast, should have acted with more responsibility.

He added: “I don’t know if it’s been physical, if it’s verbals with Murty. But, if it’s a senior player with the manager, do you expect that?

“Shouldn’t he just be saying: ‘Look, can I have a word with you?’

“A senior player, good player, having a private chat with the manager. Maybe it should’ve happened that way.

“But again they’ve lost 4-0, tempers are frayed, everyone is going mental. I don’t know what the circumstances are.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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