Sky Sports pundit: This manager is unlikely to be in charge of Rangers next season
Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd believes Rangers’ players should be out trying to impress one man in Sunday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final clash – the next manager.
Boyd has claimed it is “highly unlikely” that Graeme Murty will still be in charge at Ibrox next season so the Light Blues squad need to have one eye on impressing whoever takes the reins in the summer.
The Gers take on Celtic at Hampden on Sunday for the right to face Motherwell in next month’s final and Boyd in certain that anyone who is interested in replacing Murty in the summer will be keeping tracks on how the Light Blues perform between now and the summer.
“Rangers players should run out at Hampden determined to play well for their manager — the next one!” Boyd said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Graeme Murty has the job right now but, let’s be honest, it seems highly unlikely he’ll still be in the Ibrox hot seat at the start of next season.
“So if I was one of the boys sitting in that changing room, I’d be thinking about who is going to be in charge.
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“Because you can bet that anyone with an interest in being the next Rangers boss will be watching the team’s performances between now and the end of the season.”
Murty took over in October following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking before being handed a deal until the end of the season in December.
The former Under-20s head coach has the Gers fighting for second in the table but could have seen his side mount a challenge for the Scottish Premiership title if they hadn’t lost to Celtic at Ibrox last month.
Murty could still be handed an extended deal if he secures second and lifts the Scottish Cup but it seems unlikely that he will be offered new terms.
Football Insider verdict
It is a little disrespectful to both Murty and the fans that the players will be thinking too far ahead of themselves just now given how the season has unfolded. While it is is only natural the players will want to secure their own future at the club, achieving short-term aims has to be the sole focus for the Gers. Depending on how the Light Blues finish the season, there might not be a future for some of the current squad regardless of who is manager come the first day of pre-season training.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.