'Massive achievement' - Jimmy Nicholl makes surprise Rangers claim
Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has surprisingly claimed that finishing second in the Scottish Premiership would be a “massive achievement” for the Ibrox giants – and insists a “lot of credit” should go to sacked manager Graeme Murty.
The Light Blues could secure second place with a draw against Hibernian at Easter Road in Sunday’s final game of the season but need to hope Celtic beat Aberdeen at Parkhead to leapfrog the Dons.
Nicholl believes that thanks to the gulf between Celtic and the rest of the Scottish Premiership then being second is a great things and thinks it would “hurt” if the Gers couldn’t finish as “best of the rest.”
“People will turn round and say, ‘they are second, what sort of achievement is that?'” Nicholl said, as quoted by STV.
“But, I’ll tell you it’s a massive achievement.
“A lot of credit goes to Graeme Murty for the position he got them into.
“I hate saying it’s a massive achievement but it is because it is difficult as Celtic are away up there at this moment of time.
“So you have to finish best of the rest and it would hurt if it didn’t happen.”
Football Insider verdict
Nicholl sounds like he is just trying to motivate his players but finishing second shouldn’t be considered a “massive achievement” but the very minimum that the Ibrox giants are delivering this season. Despite everything that has gone on at Ibrox this season, coming third would be a shameful conclusion to the season. Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager in June will hopefully see the Light Blues finally start to make progress and launch a serious title challenge and enjoy a decent run in the Europa League. The Gers will need a bit of luck when they go to Easter Road this weekend to face Hibs if they are to overtake Aberdeen and secure a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership. Far too many at Ibrox have looked more than happy to get by doing the bare minimum and could be in for a real shock in the summer when Gerrard and his assistant, Gary McAllister, take charge and look to make an immediate impression.