'Time will tell' - David Weir delivers verdict on Rangers manager search
Former Rangers captain David Weir thinks Graeme Murty has done “really well” since being thrust into the manager’s job at Ibrox – but admits “time will tell” if the Gers boss can do enough to land the job on a long-term basis.
Murty’s contract runs out at the end of the season with it looking like the former Scotland international will be replaced in the summer as the Light Blues look to close the gap on bitter rivals Celtic.
Murty had a brief stint in charge at the start of 2017 when Weir and Mark Warburton resigned before taking over again following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October.
Weir thinks Murty has coped well with the pressure of moving from Under-20s football up to managing the Gers first-team and thinks if he can lift the secure second in the Scottish Premiership and beat rivals Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden he will do his chances of getting an extended contract a massive boost.
“Graeme has done really well,” Weir said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We brought him in as an Under-20s coach from Under-18 football at Norwich so the jump has been really quick and far in a short period of time.
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“He has coped with that really well. He has been put in a difficult situation and he has handled it well.
“Rangers are competitive, they are fighting for second place so that will be a success this season and they are in the semi-final of the cup.
“Is he right man for the job? Time will tell but winning the semi-final and finishing second in the league will certainly help that.
“I am sure he won’t be thinking about his long-term future but for Rangers it is important to win the semi-final.”
Weir and Warburton joined Nottingham Forest after leaving Ibrox but were sacked on December 31st after a disappointing run of results at the City Ground.
The Old Firm giants go head-to-head at Hampden on Sunday as the Gers look to take a step closer to ending their seven-year-wait for a major trophy while Brendan Rodgers’ side could end the season with a historic second consecutive domestic treble.
Celtic have already lifted the Scottish League cup and are one win away from securing their seventh league title in a row.
Football Insider verdict:
The jump from taking charge of the Under-20s in front of a few hundred diehards and parents to leading the first-team with 50,000 fans desperate for success is huge and Murty has, as Weir says, coped with it well. Results haven’t been ideal and could still see Murty looking for a new club in the summer but if he can secure second and lift the Scottish Cup he’ll have done everything asked of him when he took the reins back in October. It does look like Murty won’t be the long-term manager but there is still a possibility that he achieves exactly what was expected of him and makes the decision much harder for the Ibrox board.