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43-year-old wants long-term Rangers manager job

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed he wants to be named Rangers manager on a long-term basis in the summer.

Murty was handed the reins until the end of the season in December after originally taking charge following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking two months earlier.

The the 43-year-old’s future is unclear with the Gers’ board appearing to keep their cards close to their chest although, in the absence of a stand-out candidate, Murty is likely the front-runner.

The Gers boss admitted Ibrox and Auchenhowie are “stunning” places to come in to work every day and thinks people who don’t understand how big a job it is haven’t been involved with the Gers before.

“Who wouldn’t?” Murty said, when asked if he wants the job long-term, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“I can’t sit in front of a footballer and tell him how good this place is and how much you could actually accomplish when being here, and not believe it as a manger or as a coach.

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“This is a stunning place to work, come into every day and those that don’t understand that probably haven’t sat in this seat and probably haven’t worked for this football club.”

Murty joined the Gers in August 2016 as Under-20’s head coach before taking interim charge of the first-team following Mark Warburton’s resignation in February 2017.

After stepping aside once Caixinha was appointed the following month, Murty again took control in October and has done his chances of landing the role long-term no harm.

Despite last weekend’s Old Firm defeat ending the Gers’ faint title hopes, Murty could still lift the club’s first piece of major silverware since 2011 if he can lead the Light Blues to Scottish Cup success.

Football Insider verdict:

There are few clubs anywhere in the world that compare with Rangers and Celtic. Even allowing for all the riches in England’s Premier League there are few of those clubs who have even a fraction of the history of the Glasgow giants. Neither side has had the benefit of a global marketing machine behind them but still have fans in every corner of the planet and organising their life around their club. And then there’s Ibrox. Murty could be accused of down-playing quite how magnificent the Gers’ long-time home is. Few grounds have that imposing and intimidating feeling that the near century-old red brick facade of the Main Stand at Ibrox do. After arriving in 2016, it’s easy to understand why Murty has been blown away by sheer magnitude of the most successful club in the world.

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