Johnstone: This is what Murty must do to earn long-term Rangers job
Ibrox legend Derek Johnstone insists Rangers need to find consistency in their results if Graeme Murty is to earn the manager’s job on a long-term basis.
Murty’s Gers beat Aberdeen on Wednesday for the third time since the Under-20’s head coach was promoted to first-team boss but have dropped points to some of the lesser teams in the Scottish Premiership.
Wednesday’s win over Derek McInnes’ Dons saw the Gers leapfrog the Pittodrie side in the Scottish Premiership table asthey look to consolidate second place and challenge leaders Celtic.
Johnstone insists Murty needs to make sure the Gers are winning games like Sunday’s trip to Dingwall if Murty is to remain in the hotseat.
“He has to get results in every match, not just against the likes of Celtic and Aberdeen, if Rangers are to make real progress and he is to remain as manager beyond the end of the season,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It is no use turning in a good performance against Aberdeen and then dropping points away to Ross County. That is what Rangers must avoid in what is going to be a really hard game for them on Sunday.”
The Gers boss has revamped his squad in the January transfer window with Sean Goss, Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy, Russell Martin and Greg Docherty all signing for the Ibrox giants over the last three weeks.
With Murty only in charge until the end of the season, the former Scotland international will be desperate to make up as much ground as possible on leaders Celtic while also trying to secure success in the Scottish Cup.
Despite not playing until Sunday, the Gers could get a huge boost in their quest for second when Aberdeen face in-form Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.
In other Rangers news, Murty has confirmed the club are looking to get more deals over the line before Wednesday’s deadline.