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Rangers first-team coach Jonatan Johansson admits it is “always hard” when a new manager takes over at a club – but believes Graeme Murty has done “really well” since taking the reins at Ibrox in October.

Johansson, who won 106 caps for Finland as a player, was appointed to the coaching staff by Murty’s predecessor Pedro Caixinha but remained with the club when Caixinha and the bulk of his backroom staff were fired in October and thinks Murty has done a great job at providing some stability.

The Gers boss was given the role until the end of the season and has seen an improvement in the Gers results – particularly since he winter break – although JJ admits the Gers know they can still improve.

“It’s always hard when a gaffer changes and staff go too – so of course there was uncertainty,” Johansson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“The new manager has come in and done really well and when he signed until the end of the season it gave everyone stability.

“During the winter break we had a chance to get some new faces in and freshen things up. Everybody that has come in has improved the squad.

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“The fans can see that too. Some of our play has been good but we also know we can improve.”

The Light Blues are ten points behind bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and face them again another two times before the end of the season – once in the league and in next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

The Finn has been a big part of Murty’s coaching staff, alongside assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl, and will likely find himself remaining as part of the coaching staff regardless of whether Murty remains as manager beyond the end of the season or not.

Football Insider verdict:

While there have been some really poor results, there has been an improvement from the Gers and, since the winter break in particular, Murty’s side have looked much better. The addition of the likes of Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty have undoubtedly helped the Gers as they look to secure second in the Scottish Premiership and end their seven-year wait for a major trophy by lifting the Scottish Cup. Despite back-to-back defeats before the international break, Murty’s side will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they return to action on March 31st.

In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.

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