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13th Apr, 2018 | 1:00pm

Derek Johnstone: I would be shocked if this man is in charge of Rangers next season

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone would be “very surprised” if Graeme Murty is manager at Ibrox next season – but thinks the Gers board must know by now if Murty is the man they want to take the Light Blues forward.

Murty has been in charge since taking over from Pedro Caixinha in October but his current deal runs out at the end of the season and it looks unlikely he will be given a new contract.

Johnstone thinks the majority of fans have already made their minds up on Murty and believes the board must be in a similar situation.

“There is lots to consider at Ibrox right now but, when you get down to it, the biggest question is this: Is Graeme Murty the man to deliver the success everyone associated with the club wants?” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“I would imagine the majority of the fans, at this moment in time, will say no. By now, the board must know the answer to that as well.

“I don’t think you can judge that on whether he beats Celtic at Hampden or not or whether he finishes second. The board have to have all-but made up their minds by now and they need to have an idea of what direction Rangers are heading.

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“Put it this way, I would be very surprised if Graeme is the manager next season. I am not saying he definitely won’t be, but I would be surprised.”

The Gers could still finish second in the Scottish Premiership this season and lift the Scottish Cup but even that might not be enough to salvage Murty’s Ibrox career.

The Light Blues face their bitter rivals Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden as they look to take a step closer to ending their seven-year wait for a major trophy.

Football Insider verdict

It looks less and less likely that Murty will still be in charge when the new season kicks off but there’s still an outside chance that a cup win and coming second in the league will save his skin. Regardless of if Murty does get the job or not, he deserves a huge amount of credit for the way he has stepped up – twice – when the board have been left scratching their head looking for a new manager. The former Scotland international has handled himself with class and dignity throughout and has built a solid foundation for a solid managerial career.

In other Rangers news, Gers fans were blown away by this winger’s performance in the 4-0 win over Breidablik.

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