Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes Graeme Murty can still secure his long-term future at Ibrox by finishing second and lifting the Scottish Cup – and insists the 43-year-old has done a “fantastic job” at the helm of the Glasgow giants.
Murty has come in for criticism from Gers fans in recent weeks after failing to win any of their last three games as their title hopes went up in smoke.
McCulloch thinks Murty has to remain positive about his chances of landing the role long-term with everything still to play for on the pitch.
“Everyone has been coming out and saying Graeme Murty has to go, but that’s just the nature of the beast,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He can still win a cup and finish second and that’s the way he has to be thinking. I don’t see any other way of approaching it. You can’t be negative about it.
“I am happy to look at Graeme and see the job he has done and think to myself ‘Well done’.
“Would I give him the job? That would depend on where they finish at the end of the season.
“But for his first job in management, Graeme has done a fantastic job for me.”
The Gers return to action on Saturday when they face Dundee at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership before taking on Celtic at Hampden the following week.
Murty has been in charge since taking the reins in October following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.
Football Insider verdict
Despite many writing off Murty’s chances of taking the reins, the Gers boss still has a good chance to fulfill the expectations of finishing second and lifting the Scottish Cup. If he can do that then he deserves to be in contention for the position long-term. If the Gers do fail to finish second then even the Scottish Cup is unlikely to save Murty but the Gers boss does deserve credit for the way he had the Gers on the brink of a title challenge – even if it did end in failure.
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