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COMMENT

Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty has likely taken charge of his final game leading the Gers’ first-team but the Under-20’s head coach can be happy with the way he has handled himself in a crisis not of his making.

Murty was parachuted into the first-team hotseat for the second time in 2017 when the Rangers board decided time was up for Pedro Caixinha’s stint as manager and – despite two defeats in six games – Murty has universally impressed Gers fans.

The former Scotland international was also given the reins in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation in February and – as yet – is the only man to get anything other than a defeat from Celtic since Rangers’ return to the Scottish Premiership.

Despite being a little bit awkward in front of TV cameras, Murty has come across as nothing but a genuinely humble and honest coach who is just as concerned with his players’ welfare as he is their performances on the pitch.

Having seen Murty work at close-quarters regularly last season, even the way he handles his players is something which the former Reading defender can be proud of.

During one Under-20’s match last season, a Rangers player went down injured and one of three possible replacements went to warm up on their own initiative.

Instead of bawling out the players who waited for an instruction to warm-up, he explained they should have seen one of their team-mates possibly requiring replaced as an opportunity to grab his eye by showing the desire to be involved in the match.

It’s maybe just a fairly inconsequential bit of information but, by showing the players what they should do than waiting to chastise them for what they shouldn’t, he’s helped those learn a lesson without turning it into an issue like many other managers can and do.

Maybe next time Rangers are on the hunt for a replacement manager, Murty’s name will come up again.

He’ll certainly have lots of support from Rangers fans.

Rangers’ hunt for a successor to Caixinha has been nothing short of farcical.

Six weeks have passed with very little progress until Sunday when the Daily Record reported that an approach will be made for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

However one Rangers man can hold his head up high at the moment, and that is Murty.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues will make an approach for this manager on Sunday and hope to appoint him within days.

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