'It’s had an impact' - Murty makes admission about reported Rangers talks with Gerrard
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted that talks between Steven Gerrard and the Gers over replacing Murty in the dugout have had an “impact” on him.
The Gers are reported to close to appointing Gerrard as the club’s new manager, with ESPN reporting a four-year contract has been offered to the Liverpool icon.
Murty is widely expected to leave Ibrox in the summer and, speaking before the Gers’ 5-0 thrashing by Celtic, insisted he “can’t allow” to impact the work he is doing.
“It’s had an impact on me personally but I can’t allow that to impact my work,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Gerrard could be announced as early as Monday as the Gers look to get over their latest shambolic display against their bitter rivals.
The result at Celtic Park on Sunday secured Celtic’s seventh consecutive Scottish title and left the Gers three points behind Aberdeen in the race for second in the Scottish Premiership.
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Murty might claim the talks have had no impact but fans were hoping the players might have let it affect their performance and maybe got a decent result out of them. Instead, they offered up one of the most embarrassing performances seen in an Old Firm game since the last one – and that one should really have sparked the Gers into life but instead there has been little response. With three games left in the campaign, Gers fans just want this whole season to come to an end and never think of it again. One thing is absolutely certain now though, Murty should have less chance of being Rangers manager next season than even me.