Whiny Clement sums rotten Rangers up as Hotline pounces on broken bluenose who can't stomach Celtic winning machine

The dust is settling on the Scottish Cup Final and another season full of twists and turns. Celtic supporters were on fire on the Hotline after securing a double - but Rangers fans are sifting through the ashes of a campaign that promised so much before ending with their hopes of a treble up in smoke.

Henry McCoy emailed:Philippe Clement has a big job in the break and the board have to stand up and be counted. We could have won the lot but the players weren't up to it. There isn't a player who can head a ball towards a goal. We had an embarrassing amount of corners this season and nobody to attack them.” Drew Ferguson, Oban, said: “Rangers lost the final because they lack the quality to finish teams off. Clement must have noted at the Celtic goal that when Matondo lost the ball he could not be bothered to chase back and Wright is limited and lost the ball before Celtic goal - simply not good enough.”

Jim McClean, Rothesay, said: “Clement can keep moaning about referees, VAR and injuries but he should go and take a good look at himself. His side still could not beat a poor Celtic team. His record is not any better than a certain Mr Beale.” Scott McAdam, Partick, said: “Once again sour grapes and excuses from Clement. Four times now he’s had a go at beating us and nothing. If they were better than us, as he says, they would be double winners. Results don’t lie so dry your eyes Phil, you’re running out of excuses. Be a man and accept your team are serial losers.”

Jack Armstrong, Bathgate, said: “It's good to see that Cyriel Dessers is now a fully-fledged Rangers man as he was first to pick up on his club’s motto ‘just wait til next season’. It’s good to see he knows what his club is all about.”

Sean McGarvey, Cumbernauld, added: “There is more salt in Govan than Utah today. Can you stop raging and realise this is the way it is. VAR did its job. No disputes.”

It wouldn’t have been an Old Firm without a fall out over refereeing decisions on Saturday. Joe Graham, Garrowhill, said: “It’s no wonder that Scotland don’t have any officials selected for Euro 2024. The performance was mind boggling in the cup final. To disallow Rangers’ goal for a push on Hart who had no chance of getting the cross anyway was ridiculous. The Rangers player Raskin who pushed Hart was also fouled in the same incident. The goal should have stood and I have no doubt Rangers would have gone on to pick up the trophy.”

Willie Mercer, Dumfries, said: “If Raskin’s push on Hart in a busy six yard box is referred to VAR and a free kick subsequently awarded then a clear two-handed push into the back of Sterling by Scales should be sanctioned in the same manner. I defy anyone except those in the green vision brigade to justify the lack of intervention by the match officials and VAR. Rangers would be quite within their right to ask the head of refereeing why such a clear and obvious error by the referee was not corrected by the intervention of VAR.”

But John Scott, Port Glasgow, said: “Regarding Clement's compliant over the push on the edge of the box and his call for consistency. There WAS consistency, the referee missed BOTH incidents. The difference being the Rangers ‘goal’ was a VAR checkable offence snd the other because it was a foul outside the box was not. So he gets his wish.”

And Tam Williamson, Lanarkshire, added: “If the Ben Davies hand ball incident had happened in the Celtic penalty box the ref and his mate in VAR would have awarded a penalty to Rangers. Yet the two officials did not go to VAR regarding Celtics claim for the stonewall penalty. And if Joe Hart had not complained vigorously about the shove on his back then officials Walsh and Beaton would have awarded the ‘goal’.”