Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that he doesn’t “see a problem” with Graeme Murty’s return to the Gers’ Academy – and insists the former Gers boss has a “lot to offer” the Ibrox giants.
Murty was in interim charge of the first-team since October before being replaced by Jimmy Nicholl for the final few games of the season – and Gerrard revealed that he has no issues with the former Reading captain returning to his old job.
The Ibrox boss admitted that he hasn’t spoken with Murty yet but insists he is “totally fine” with Murty resuming control of the Gers’ Under-20s.
“I haven’t had the chance to speak to Graeme yet. But I will do when the time is right. I believe he’s having a break at the moment until the Academy returns. I don’t see an issue or a problem,” Gerrard said, as quoted by The Herald.
“It’s a question you’d have to ask Graeme in terms of what he’s thinking. It’s certainly not a problem where I am sitting.
“Welcome him back in, he’s got a lot to offer. I was asked about it and I was totally fine with that.”
Football Insider verdict:
Murty getting Gerrard’s backing is a big step in the right direction for the former Gers boss and should earn him some breathing space with Gers fans. With th SPFL introducing reserve sides next season instead of Under-20s, Murty will likely take charge of the reserves alongside Peter Lovenkrands as well as managing the Colts in the Challenge Cup. Despite the way Murty’s stint in charge of the first-team ended, the former Scotland international is well-regarded as a coach and it makes sense to have kept him at the club and returned to his previous role. It will be intersting to see the dynamic between Murty and Gerrard moving forward and whether the Gers boss looks to lean on Murty a little and pick up some advice from him. Keeping him at Ibrox and letting his return to working with the club’s youngsters should see them continue to impress and force their way into Gerrard’s side.