By James Black

Former Rangers defender Clint Hill has hailed interim manager Graeme Murty for steadying the ship at Ibrox but has warned his old club to avoid rushing their search for a new permanent boss.

Murty took interim control for the second time in 2017 after Pedro Caixinha was sacked by the Ibrox board.

Caixinha was only appointed by the Glasgow giants in March but suffered a series of humiliating results during his seven-month reign.

Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha but a host of other names including Alex McLeish, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, Michel Preud’homme and Frank de Boer have been mentioned as potential replacements.

Hill believes the quality of managers out of work is “staggering” and thinks the Rangers board should take as much time as they need to in an attempt to get the right manager in.

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“The club’s in good hands with Graeme at the first team helm,” Hill said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.

“There’s no rush to make an appointment and the calibre of managers currently out of work is staggering.

“There are so many highly-professional coaches looking for clubs; there’s no shortage of supply and now it’s up to the board to make the right call.”

Hill left Ibrox in June after a single season as a Rangers player but quickly endeared himself to the Light Blues’ fans with a series of committed displays.

The Gers face Partick Thistle this weekend in their final game before the upcoming international break and Murty is almost certain to be in charge of the Ibrox giants.

The former Scotland international took charge of the side in the 3-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield last Saturday and will have surely given the Ibrox board a little bit more confidence that they can take their time and make the right appointment with a composed performance against the Jambos.

In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.

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