Ferguson is absolutely spot on with Rangers senior man decision claim
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson insists the Gers need to make a decision on Graeme Murty’s future as manager “for the sake of stability” and he couldn’t be more correct.
Murty has been in the hotseat since taking over from Pedro Caixinha in October after being handed the reins until the end of the season and deserves to know whether he’ll get the chance to continue as manager beyond the summer.
Ferguson believes the Ibrox giants will be “chasing” Old Firm rivals Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title before a ball is kicked if the Light Blues don’t make a decision on the senior man’s future soon – although the Gers legend admits recent results have created doubt over whether the former Reading captain is the right man for the role.
“For the sake of stability, it’s time to make a call and if the board don’t, we’ll be chasing before a ball is kicked next season,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There needs to be a bigger picture and he’s moulded a far better side than the previous regime. The pros and cons are there to look at but defeats like the last one against Kilmarnock have only created doubt over him. I can understand that.”
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The Light Blues are ten points behind their city rivals in the Scottish Premiership and go head-to-head at Hampden next month for a place in the Scottish Cup final.
Murty joined the Gers in August 2016 from Norwich City as Under-20s head coach and had a brief stint in charge of the first-team last season following Mark Warburton’s resignation.
The Gers boss had fans dreaming of a possible title challenge this season as he started closing the gap at the top of the table to leaders Celtic before the recent 3-2 Old Firm defeat killed off any faint title hopes the Light Blues had.
If it is going to be Murty who remains in charge then keeping him hanging on to find out seems a bit unnecessary. With no obvious stand out candidates, if the Gers do go in a different direction then the Gers board will need to knock it out of the park with their appointment after getting the last two managerial appointments spectacularly wrong.
Whether it is Murty or someone else who takes charge next season, the Light Blue need to act sooner rather than later and make a long-term appointment and Ferguson has called it absolutely spot in that the Gers need to get some stability and appoint a manager.