Rangers legend Stuart McCall believes the uncertainty over Graeme Murty’s future leaves the Gers manager working with one arm tied behind his back as he tries to get the best out of the Ibrox stars.
McCall has been in a similar situation to Murty at Ibrox after a stint as Gers interim manager in 2015 and thinks the whole situation leave Murty unable to make “demands” of his players.
After failing to win their last three games, McCall feels senior man Murty is limited in how he can cajole players into performing as he – and the players – don’t know if they are going to still be in the role next season.
“The current uncertainty takes away Graeme’s ability to go into the dressing room and make, threats isn’t the right word, I prefer demands,” McCall said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“It depends what type of character you are. He’s not able to say that unless there’s improvements then Player A or Player B won’t be at Rangers next season.
“That’s because ultimately he’s not making these decisions at this moment in time.”
McCall’s stint in charge ended in abject failure with the Gers thrashed in the 2015 Scottish Premiership playoff final by Motherwell.
Murty looked certain to have landed the role on a long-term basis before the recent run of three games without a win left the his hopes of being winning a new deal hanging by a thread.
Football Insider verdict
McCall is right to a certain degree although it had little effect when the players were in good form earlier in 2018. Everyone at Ibrox knows the situation over Murty’s future and if the players have issues getting themselves up to play at their best because the manager might change in the summer then there should be some serious concerns about the type of player at the Light Blues. It was an issue when McCall had a squad full of players happy to go through the motions and certainly applies to more than a few members of the current group.