Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Rangers boss Graeme Murty has done a “very good job” at Ibrox since taking the reins in October – but admits the Light Blues man has had a “difficult” time of it.
Murty replaced Pedro Caixinha after the Portuguese was sacked and has taken the Gers to second in the Scottish Premiership and guided them to a Scottish Cup semi-final against the Hoops on Sunday.
Rodgers also claimed the reaction to the previous Old Firm clash was “not football” after the Gers boss was praised in the build-up before being slaughtered post-match.
“I think he has done a very good job,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I suspect if you go back and read the headlines and the columnists in the lead-up to the game at Ibrox they were talking about what a great job he was doing and that the team were in a great moment, in great confidence.
“He loses a game against us and then the world changes. But that is not football. It is about building, it is about creating and just step by step. What he tried to do in difficult circumstance was to try to create that but it is difficult if you aren’t there permanently, and then he got the job until the end of the season.”
The Gers boss looks unlikely to earn an extension to his current Ibrox contract and be replaced in the summer.
A Scottish Cup win and solid finish to the season could salvage Murty’s hopes but it looks less likely with every passing day.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers is absolutely spot on and, despite the criticism, he has impressed with the way he has performed. There have been some issues and nobody would pretend Murty’s reign has been without a few problems but, overall, the Gers boss can be relatively happy. Although Murty doesn’t look like he is going to land a contract in the summer he could still walk away having met all the requirements set of him in October when he replaced Caixinha originally. The reaction after the last Old Firm game was over the top but then that comes with the territory in a rivalry where nothing can be accused of being half-hearted.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.