Weir defends Rangers discipline

Skipper David Weir claims Rangers do not have a discipline problem as they tried to put their explosive Scottish Cup exit to Celtic behind them with a win over St Mirren.

Skipper David Weir claims Rangers do not have a discipline problem as they tried to put their explosive Scottish Cup exit to Celtic behind them with a win over St Mirren.

The Scottish champions headed into Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash in Paisley with the events at Parkhead on Wednesday night still dominating the headlines.

Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf were all shown red cards, while assistant manager Ally McCoist clashed angrily with Celtic boss Neil Lennon after the final whistle.

Walter Smith admitted he was disappointed with the reaction of some of his players and Bougherra has vowed to apologise to referee Calum Murray for his own behaviour.

But, as far as Weir is concerned, there should be no concerns overall about Rangers’ discipline, as he believes they have demonstrated in recent seasons.

He said: “I disagree with people questioning our discipline. I don’t think there is a problem.

“Anything that happened the other night, was all debatable. You could argue either way on any of the decisions.

“So if you want to say our discipline is a problem then look over the course of the last few seasons since the gaffer has been back here and it’s never been an issue. I don’t see it being an issue now.”

Weir added: “Ultimately if you lose any game you’ve got to look at yourself.

“You’ve got to think of what you could have done better individually and as a team. But there were no special meetings or recriminations. There is just a constant desire to try to get better.”

Weir also insists there was no problem focusing their attention on the Saints game in the wake of the Old Firm derby, as Kyle Bartley grabbed the decisive goal.

He said: “That game is gone. As players you are ultimately disappointed to lose the game. That’s the bottom line.

“The other sort of nonsense that goes with it is irrelevant. You try and win the game and, when you don’t, you look at what you might have done better and move on.

“If you lose an Old Firm game you are disappointed, but the only way you can respond is on the pitch. I don’t think it’s rocket science.

“Everybody feels the same, you are disappointed afterwards. The only way you can respond is by winning games and that’s what we’ve done.”

Saints are not yet safe from the threat of relegation but manager Danny Lennon is confident about their survival hopes.

He said: “If we can continue to play like that from now until the end of the season then I think we will be okay.”

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