Former Rangers assistant manager Archie Knox thinks a win over Celtic in Sunday’s Old Firm clash wouldn’t do Graeme Murty’s chances of being named Gers boss long-term “any harm.”
Murty was handed the reins until the end of the season on December 22nd and has taken the Gers to within six points of their bitter rivals at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
A win for the Gers would put huge pressure on Brendan Rodgers’ side although Knox thinks there will be more to the decision on Murty’s future than one result against Celtic.
“It wouldn’t do him any harm, that is for sure. It certainly wouldn’t do him any harm,” Knox said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“You just have to wait and see. One result doesn’t solve everything, there are other issues to deal with as far as Rangers are concerned and it is up to them to make up their mind regarding what they will do with the manager.”
Senior man Murty has done an impressive job since taking over from Pedro Caixinha in October before seeing his stint in charge extended until the end of the season.
The Gers boss has led the Light Blues to nine wins in their previous ten games and guided the Gers to a Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic next month at Hampden.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s hard to disagree with Knox. A win over Celtic would do a huge amount for Murty’s chances to land the role long-term. While there may be other irons in the fire for the Gers, Murty looks to be the obvious option to get the role beyond the summer and lead the Gers next season. Murty’s hire of Jimmy Nicholl as his number two – similar to Knox joining Walter Smith in 1991 – has been a big part of the Gers’ success since the winter break as they try to make a late surge for the title as well as lift the Scottish Cup.