Lee McCulloch holds no grudges about player exits

The 34-year-old says he has sympathy for those who have left Ibrox, as the club await the decision on which league they will be in next season, with nine already departed

Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch has admitted that he understands why some of the club’s players have decided against joining Charles Green’s newco.

The 34-year-old announced his intention to stay with the Glasgow club as they await the decision on which division they will be in next season, however nine of his former team-mates have walked away - most significantly Allan McGregor, Steve Davis, Stevie Naismith, Steven Whittaker and Kyle Lafferty.

However, McCulloch says he has sympathy for the situation some of the ex-Gers men find themselves in, after they all accepted a pay-cut last season to keep the club afloat.

"I don't blame any of the guys and I do not look upon them as turning their backs on the club. I also think it's wrong to accuse them of chasing money,” he told the Sunday Mail.

"All they have done is look out for their families and their careers.

“Most of the guys who have left are internationalists and need to be playing at a certain level.

"I would have preferred the lads to have stayed with Rangers but they have chosen not to. I respect and understand exactly where they are coming from."

The former Wigan and Motherwell man had the chance to reject the transfer of his contract from the ‘original’ Rangers to Charles Green’s newco, however he wants to help the club in their bid to rebuild their credibility.

And he added that he hopes those who have left the club are still shown respect following their commitment during a turbulent last season.

He continued: "It should be remembered the sacrifices they made to help save jobs at this club. They gave up hundreds of thousands of pounds for the good of the club when we went into administration.

"That should never be forgotten and it wasn't the act of selfish men. I don't have any hard feelings towards any of them and I never will. They have been my mates and I know it will remain that way for years to come