Tam McManus thinks that Graeme Murty “blew a golden chance” to make the Rangers manager job his own when his side lost 3-2 to Celtic at Ibrox.
Celtic were down to 10 men with the score delicately poised at 2-2 in the latest Old Firm clash but Rangers couldn’t stir themselves, leaving Odsonne Edouard to score the winner in the 69th minute.
That put paid to their title charge this season but they can still lift a trophy if they can beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
BBC Sportsound pundit McManus thinks that this is the last-chance saloon for Murty.
He thinks that Murty has to win this semi-final, go onto win the cup and finish second in the league to have any job of keeping his job on a permanent basis.
He went as far as to say on Twitter: “Needs to beat Celtic in semi-final/win Scottish Cup AND finish second in the league or 100% won’t be the Rangers manager next season for me.”
Good article @NeilCameron5
Needs to beat Celtic in Semi Final/win Scottish Cup AND finish 2nd in league or 100% won’t be the Rangers manager next season for me. Blew a golden chance on Sunday but gets another crack at Hampden. https://t.co/ZTx07mhKXK
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) March 14, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
We see things slightly differently. Rangers were unlucky to lose against Celtic in the Old Firm clash and the manner of their defeat will have pleased the Rangers hierarchy. You can’t bin a whole load of progress on the basis of one result and that’s what McManus is suggesting here. If Rangers lose in the semi-final but play brilliantly and go out on penalties? Rangers would be foolish to get rid of Murty after all he’s achieved whatever the result in the Scottish Cup. How they play is much more important.
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