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17th Apr, 2018 | 12:53pm

'Massive knee-jerk reaction' - McCulloch delivers verdict on Rangers senior man future

Lee McCulloch believes Rangers manager Graeme Murty should be allowed to see the season out despite the 4-0 Scottish Cup thrashing by Celtic on Sunday – and the former club captain thinks it would be a “massive knee-jerk reaction” to axe him with five games left in the campaign.

The Gers are still battling for second in the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen and Hibs as they go into the final run of games and hold a slender advantage over their rivals.

McCulloch thinks senior man Murty should be allowed to try to secure second before the Gers look to appoint a new manager in the summer.

“Graeme Murty will take most of the criticism after what happened on Sunday and that is just life as a manager, especially the Rangers manager,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“But I think he should still be given to the end of the season. He has got a chance to finish second and he should be allowed to try and achieve that.

“He got put in initially as interim manager and was then named until the end of the season.

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“It would be a massive knee-jerk reaction to get rid of him with five games to go.”

The Gers face Hearts this weekend at Ibrox before a trip to face Celtic at Parkhead the following weekend.

With only a goal-difference lead over Aberdeen, the Gers can’t afford any slip-ups between now and the end of the season if they are to beat the Pittodrie side to second.

Football Insider verdict

Unless the board have a new, permanent manager coming in then there is no point in chopping and changing manager right now. The Gers board have a huge amount of work on their plate this summer and can’t afford one wrong move if the Light Blues are to have any hope of catching Celtic next season. Binning Murty now would only serve to muddy the waters further over the next few weeks as the Gers try to keep hold of second in the league ahead of Aberdeen. Despite how poor the Gers have been recently, they have a surprisingly good record against the other top six sides but will need to be much-improved from Hampden.

In other Rangers news, the Gers will be waving goodbye to this fan favourite in the summer after Dave King dropped a huge hint.

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