Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed he has been part of identifying new players for next season – despite it looking like he will be out of a job in a matter of weeks.
According to ESPN, Steven Gerrard has a four-year contract on the table from the Ibrox giants to take over from Murty in the summer after a disappointing end to the campaign.
Murty confirmed he was part of bringing in “better” players with Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield expected to be one of the first in the door.
Despite looking like he is in the final few weeks of his time with the club, Murty insists that the players still owe him a performance after the Scottish Cup thrashing by Celtic at Hampden.
“The remit is to improve the dressing-room, to bring in better players and enhance what we have moving forward. We have to bring in better players and I am part of that,” Murty said, as quoted by The Herald.
“I addressed the situation with the players. I told them there is a lot of speculation flying around about this player, that player, this manager and that manager, whatever.
“Their job as footballers is to take care of business on the pitch. I told them ‘If you are going to be here next year, and I am going to be here, then you owe me a performance’.
“If someone else is watching and they are going to come in, they definitely owe themselves a performance to get in their thoughts. There is no better place to do it than Parkhead.”
The Light Blues travel to face bitter rivals Celtic in a possible title decider on Sunday, with a win for Brendan Rodgers’ side confirming them as champions for the seventh successive year.
Gerrard could be named Rangers manager as early as next week, according to ESPN, and the former Liverpool captain has already won backing from a large swathe of Rangers fans.
Football Insider verdict
Although Murty looks like he is on the way out, it would be churlish to exclude him from preparations for next season given that he works with the players every day. The Gers need to make sure they aren’t caught short when it comes to recruitment this summer and getting deals in place as early as possible should give the Ibrox giants the best possible chance of wrestling the title away from bitter rivals Celtic next season. With Scott Arfield set to be one of the first signings then it is a step in the right direction.