'You can't turn it down' - 42-year-old makes admission over Rangers manager role
By James Black
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has admitted the Rangers manager’s job is one “you can’t turn down” as speculation intensifies over who will replace Pedro Caixinha.
The 42-year-old was put in temporary charge after Caixinha’s sacking last week and will be in the dugout on Saturday afternoon when the Gers take on Partick Thistle at Ibrox.
Murty is in his second stint as Rangers’ interim manager after having also filled the role in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation in February.
The former Scotland international also rejected suggestions that the job was too big for someone taking their first managerial candidate and drew a comparison with Real Madrid’s rookie manager Zinedine Zidane.
“For all that it’s a high-powered and high-pressured job, and very much in the media spotlight, I have said before that this is one of the stellar jobs in British football,” Murty said as quoted by The Scotsman website.
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“You can’t turn it down.
“Just as I couldn’t turn it down when the board said to me last week ‘Would you step up?’.
“I don’t think this job is too big for someone taking their first steps as a full-time manager.
“This is the first and last time I will use the name Zinedine Zidane, but he hasn’t done too badly in his first managerial job at Real Madrid.
“I will not ever compare myself to him, managerially or football-wise, so please don’t make that a headline but I think the right person is the right person, regardless of when they get the job.”
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox after leading the Dons to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
McInnes also took the Pittodrie side to their first trophy in 20 years when he lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015 after a win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Aberdeen boss is no stranger to Rangers after spending five years at Ibrox as a player from 1995-2000.
With an international break coming up after this weekend’s fixtures, it’s unlikely Rangers will make any imminent moves to replace Caixinha as they look to appoint only the seventeenth manager in the club’s 145-year history.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.