Dundee boss Neil McCann believes that Graeme Murty’s short-term contract at Ibrox has put the Rangers boss under “enormous” pressure – but thinks the former Scotland international looks “a little more comfortable” since last time his side faced the Light Blues in November.
Murty was handed the reins in October after Pedro Caixinha’s sacking before seeing his stint extended until the end of the season.
The Light Blues have struggled to pick up wins in recent weeks and McCann thinks the expectations at Ibrox mean senior man Murty has to get results quickly.
“I’d imagine Graeme would be under an enormous amount of pressure because it’s a short-term appointment,” McCann said, as quoted by the BBC.
“The expectation levels at Rangers are enormous anyway so he probably has to get results quicker.
“I certainly think he has grown into that job since the last time he was here and we beat them. He probably looks a little more comfortable in his own skin as being Rangers manager.”
The Gers welcome Dundee to Ibrox on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership as they look to close the gap to Aberdeen in second-place in the table.
With an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden next weekend, the meeting with Dundee gives the Light Blues a chance to build some momentum after failing to win any of their last three games.
Football Insider verdict
The pressure at Rangers and Celtic is unlike the overwhelming majority of jobs in football anywhere on earth; finishing second is as good as finishing last. Despite the clear gulf between the Glasgow giants at the minute that hasn’t given Murty any more room to manoeuvre as he is expected to live up to the well-established standards at Ibrox. With the chance to still finish second and lift the Scottish Cup this season, Murty’s side could still yet have a relatively successful season but they are going to need to be much-improved over recent weeks.
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