Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of disposed Rangers boss Graeme Murty, claiming his former rival was "thrown to the garbage" by the club.
Murty was yesterday sacked by the Ibrox board following their 5-0 humbling at Parkhead on Sunday, with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard waiting in from the wings to take over.
Previously the Gers' under-20s coach, Murty had come in for some harsh criticism in recent weeks, particularly after the weekend's defeat to Celtic, as well as a similarly bad result against the same opponents in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
But Carnlough man Rodgers, who saw his Hoops claim their seventh consecutive league title with Sunday's thumping win, believes Murty was harshly treated, the former Liverpool and Swansea chief giving a strong defence of his counterpart in a radio appearance yesterday.
"Graeme Murty's been in a position where he's been put in a job. Last year he was under-20 coach and everyone was saying 'he's a good guy and doing very well'," Rodgers said.
"Now, because of a couple of defeats and it hasn't quite worked out, he's just been thrown to the garbage really, and I think it's very discourteous.
"The guy went in to Rangers and he's done his very, very best, and from the outside it looks very, very trying and difficult circumstances.
"Whatever direction they want to go in, they will want the assurances."