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Former Rangers striker Gordon Smith has claimed the Gers had “no Plan B” after being turned down by Derek McInnes in their search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement.

The Gers sacked Caixinha on October 26th before making an approach to speak with Aberdeen boss McInnes at the start of December but the Dons boss opted against a move to Ibrox leaving Murty as the front-runner.

The Ibrox giants then confirmed Murty’s appointment until the end of the season on Friday and Smith believes it only shows the complete lack of an alternative option for the Gers

Smith also claimed that the Gers board will have the knowledge of whether Murty’s appointment was the right, or wrong, one by next summer.

“Friday’s announcement that his stay was being extended until the end of the season showed two things,” Smith said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.

“One, that the Ibrox board had no Plan B when their move for Derek McInnes fell through on the verge of completion.

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“Two, that they have belief in the ability of the man called in to fill the gap.

“Murty, at the moment, doesn’t possess the experience required to be manager of Rangers.

“But by the summer, the board will have a proper assessment of his managerial ability – or lack of it – and a decision can then be made.”

Murty won six of his nine games as caetaker before being handed the reins on a permanent basis but couldn’t pick up the win in his first game since being named as full-time boss.

The former Scotland international joined the Gers in August 2016 as Under-20’s head coach from Norwich City’s Academy and has already had to step in and lead the first-team in two seperate stints in 2017.

The Ibrox giants are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and trail leaders Celtic by 11 points with second-place Aberdeen three points ahead of the Gers.

Murty’s side face their bitter rivals next weekend when they travel to Celtic Park for the second Old Firm clash of the season.

In other Rangers news, the Ibrox faithful annihilated this defender for his performance against Kilmarnock.

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