LEE McCULLOCH has admitted he was the Ibrox fall guy when his ailing club’s flop season turned into a car crash.
Ironically, Captain Elbows got the elbow from the Championship outfit at the end of a dire and dreadful campaign.
The former skipper, who has now joined Kilmarnock as a player/coach, became the target for the Ibrox boo boys as they jeered his every touch in a game against Falkirk when they went two goals behind before coming back to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw that meant nothing at the end of the day.
McCulloch, after eight years at both Rangers and its successor,  left the group of clubs without a word of thanks before new chairman Dave King slaughtered the 11 out-of-contract stars for failing to deliver promotion after being hammered home and away for a 6-1 aggregate defeat against Motherwell in the play-off games.
The 37-year-old former Scotland international admitted: “Last season at Rangers (sic) was tough, our season just ended up turning into a car crash.
“We had a team playing for most of the season with no confidence whatsoever.
“Criticism of the players is something that’s going to happen when you’re at a club that size. You’ve got to look on it as a disappointment when you can only finish third in the Championship — that’s an understatement.
“The fans were protesting against the board and, three or four times, I wanted to come out, but I was told not to.
“When we weren’t playing well, I wanted to say that the team was massively underachieving and so is the club, but I was told to say: ‘We’ll bounce back at the weekend’.
“I was just the fall guy, being the captain, and I take full responsibility. Some people have had a go back, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion.”
McCulloch will team up again with two other Ibrox rejects Kris Boyd and Steven Smith at the Ayrshire side.
Rangers were liquidated in 2012 and after a Charles Green bought the assets a successor club was formed. 

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