FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon has blasted Sevco Rangers and branded their treatment of Graeme Murty as “scandalous”.

The Hibs manager, whose team face the Ibrox side in the last league game of the season at Easter Road a week on Sunday, was disgusted with the news the Govan outfit had sacked the caretaker gaffer on Tuesday.

Lennon revealed he had called Murty to offer “a few words of encouragement”.

The Irishman said: “He’s been hung out on his own. I’ve been in that sort of position myself at Bolton when there is no leadership or structure.

“There is a structure at Rangers, but there seems to be a lack of real genuine support. When it really got tough a lot of people turned their back on him, which I found unpalatable.

“It was a very difficult position he was put in and even an experienced guy would find that situation very difficult.”

Murty was “relieved of his duties” following Sunday’s 5-0 thumping at Celtic, which came a fortnight after a 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to their Glasgow neighbours.

Lennon added: “You can’t write Rangers off. They will always be capable of winning games, but they have obviously been damaged heavily, psychologically.”

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