By Joe Ellis

29th Jul, 2022 | 9:40pm

Rangers media partner Heart and Hand react to Motherwell bombshell

Motherwell have dropped a huge bombshell today (29 July) and Rangers’ official media partners Heart and Hand couldn’t keep quiet.

Well announced on the eve of the new Scottish Premiership season that they have parted company with manager Graham Alexander after they were unceremoniously dumped out of Europe by Ireland’s Sligo Rovers.

Their 2022-23 league campaign won’t start until Sunday (31 July) as a result of their continental exploits but they now have to face St Mirren without a permanent fixture in the hot seat at Fir Park.

Heart and Hand were bewildered at the timing of Alexander’s departure from the Steelmen and took to their Twitter account to question the decision.

“That has to be a record surely? Minus-1 days into the season?!!” they said as assistant manager Chris Lucketti also left the club after a reported meeting on Friday morning (29 July).

Never at Ibrox

This is perhaps the perfect example of an impulse decision that could have severe implications for everyone at Motherwell but you could never see that happening at Ibrox.

It would take a manager or chairman walking out in a Celtic shirt to cause an immediate exit at Rangers but the Light blues very rarely experience the utter failures that Well have just been subjected to.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst must be breathing a huge sigh of relief that he has not been Motherwell manager if they can make a decision so crucial as quickly as they have done.

The Bears’ own preparations for the new season have not been anywhere near as stressful thankfully as the squad prepare for a trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena to face Livingston.

After the disappointment of losing their Premiership crown to Celtic last season, van Bronckhorst will look to return the crown of Scotland’s finest back to its rightful owners.

In other Rangers news, the manager has confirmed that the club are ready to sell this defender after talks took place last week.