Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch insists Graeme Murty’s future as Gers boss shouldn’t hinge on next month’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden – and thinks the Gers should “look at the bigger picture.”
Murty’s side saw their faint title hopes extinguished by their bitter rivals recently when they came back twice to win 3-2 at Ibrox.
The two sides will meet again at Hampden on April 15th for a place in May’s showpiece final but McCulloch insists Murty’s future shouldn’t be decided on whether the Gers make the final or not.
“The semi-final is a really important game for the club but for Graeme personally it shouldn’t really come down to one game,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He has set himself up to be in a good position to be manager next year, if you look at the turnaround since the first day he came in.
“There’s positivity in the stands, the team has looked exciting and the signs have been good.
“For me, it shouldn’t come down to one game, you have to look at the bigger picture.
“Albeit, the last two results haven’t been the best, but there is still time to cement second and win the cup.”
Celtic would take a step closer to a historic back-to-back treble with a win at Hampden while the Gers hope to put an end to their seven-year wait for a major trophy.
Murty’s current deal is up at the end of the season with little indication from Ibrox of what the former Reading captain’s future holds.
It is unlikely that the Gers senior man will go back to his previous role as Under-20’s head coach is he is overlooked for the manager’s role.
Football Insider verdict:
McCulloch is absolutely correct in his assertion that Murty’s future shouldn’t come down to one game however it is likely that is precisely what will happen. If the Gers secure second-place in the Scottish Premiership as expected, a Scottish Cup win could be the difference between Murty being given the job long-term, rightly or wrongly. The former Scotland international was the best thing since sliced bread for many before the recent defeats to Kilmarnock and Celtic and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see that change again if the Gers can lift the Scottish Cup,