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‘NO SYMPATHY FOR AXED MURTY,’ ADMITS FORMER CELTIC BOSS

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CELTIC legend Davie Hay has admitted he had NO sympathy for Ibrox caretaker boss Graeme Murty when he was sacked last week.

The axe fell on the stand-in gaffer two days after the club’s 5-0 humiliation from Brendan Rodgers’ team in the Hoops’ seventh successive title celebrations.

And that was only only a fortnight after they had been humbled 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final by the Parkhead men.

In the harsh, results-driven world of football, failure at the top has inevitable consequences – and Celtic’s ex-manager and player wasn’t surprised when Murty got the boot ahead of Steven Gerrard’s appointment on Friday.

Hay said: “I had already talked about how passive Rangers were at Hampden when Celtic walked all over them on their way to the Cup Final. I actually felt that Rangers put far more effort into the league game, but Celtic just swatted them aside.

“And I know that people are talking about Graeme Murty and how much sympathy they have for him and the way he has been treated, but, to be honest, I don’t.

“This is the gig if you are the Celtic or Rangers manager and always has been. You can’t come second. I speak from experience when I say I know exactly what the pressures of the job are.

“I can’t speak for the manner in which he was undermined by his own board in the lead-up to both games against Celtic, but, ultimately, you know that your job is to go and win games. If you don’t meet that as a manager, then it is inevitable that your P45 is in the post.”

Gerrard, Rodgers’ former skipper at Liverpool, is now the Govan outfit’s fourth manager in two seasons, following Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Murty.

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