Lee Wallace: Murty told Rangers players to do this in front of potential new manager
By Will Butcher
Lee Wallace has revealed that Graeme Murty has used onlooking managerial candidates as a way to get the best out of his Rangers squad in recent matches.
Interim boss Murty is set to give up the managerial reigns at Ibrox when a new manager is announced, with Pedro Caixinha reportedly being given permission to talk to the Gers.
Captain Wallace revealed on his side’s official website that Murty told the squad that the new manager was likely to be watching Rangers before assuming control at Ibrox.
With an added incentive to impress the new manager in order to gain a slot in the starting eleven as he looks on from afar, Murty told his players to do all they can to catch the eye.
“It’s a point Graeme has made. Whoever will be taking the role on will probably be watching, and if not, they will be catching up on games,” Wallace said.
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“While an incentive is there, the lads will be going out there to try and prove a lot to themselves, especially in a game like this.”
Murty’s decision to give his players an extra incentive ahead of the new manager’s arrival could have been the secret behind the Gers’ last-minute 3-2 win against St. Johnstone, as well as their huge 6-0 triumph over Hamilton.
With the permanent managerial role still undecided, Rangers face Old Firm rivals Celtic on Sunday away from home.
Interim boss Murty will be hoping to inspire his side and avoid a fourth straight defeat to the Hoops this season, as Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to dominate Scottish football.
A win for the Gers would keep the pressure on second placed Aberdeen, as well as ending their bitter rivals unbeaten run of 20 matches in all competitions.