Celtic fans have taken to social media to revel over the news that Graeme Murty has been named Rangers’ permanent manager until the end of the season.
The Hoops’ fierce rivals revealed on Friday via their official Twitter account and website that the former youth team coach, who had taken on the role as caretaker manager following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking, would be taking on the position full time until the end of the current campaign.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 22, 2017
The 43-year-old has been in temporary charge of the club since Caixinha left at the end of October, leaving Ibrox after less than a year in the dugout.
His appointment as permanent boss had Celtic’s fans in stitches, and they took to Twitter to poke fun at their local rivals, many suggesting that it was a deflection tactic after the latest news on Dave King.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
1030 am Dave King Loses his court case
1200 Graeme Murty get appointed manager until the end of the season. Poor effort from @RangersFC to deflect. Jabba the hut strikes again! #comedygold #pooroldmurty #mug #sevco
— Marc (@Urban_Celt) December 22, 2017
Not that they’re skint or anything💥and they really can attract a decent manager with thin dimes. Paragraph 5 is the best. Gonna be hard to attract good players to play for nothing for them. #alliwantforxmasisanothersoftloantokeepthelightson 🎄 https://t.co/tA4k4y5iza
— matt mcglone (@MattMcGlone9) December 22, 2017
Chucking Murty under a bus to deflect from Kings behaviour is a new low for Sevco
— Ronnie (@RonnieJM67) December 22, 2017
Surely not a coincidence Murty gets the Sevco gig til the end of the season mere moments after the CoS delivers its' verdict against Dave.
— Brian Healy (@Brian_Healy) December 22, 2017
So Sevco were waiting on the CoS decision to announce Murts to end of season to try to deflect from another complete doing from the courts for King? 😂😂😂😂
— Briandamage (@Briandamge64) December 22, 2017
Sevco must be totally broke if they can't afford a manager until the season ticket money is in HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) December 22, 2017
😁😉😃😄😀Murty until the end of the season. These Huns are to much. My sides can't take much more of this.
— Séan 🇮🇪 (@CelticSean81) December 22, 2017
Give it Murty til end of season
— Jordy McDonagh (@JMcDonagh91) December 22, 2017
Since taking temporary charge, Murty has overseen nine games at Ibrox, winning nine and suffering defeat in the other three, with his first match as permanent boss coming in Saturday’s away trip to Kilmarnock.
His first taste of the fierce rivalry between Celtic and Rangers as manager will come at the end of the year, with the Old Firm derby being held at Celtic Park on the 30th December.
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