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Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted being in charge of the first-team at Ibrox is “not even close to being the same world” as 12 months ago when he was in charge of the club’s Under-20s as he tries to deal with the chaos at Ibrox.

The former Scotland international only joined Rangers in August 2016 as Under-20s boss but has picked up enough experience to last him a lifetime – with the last week being particularly wild as the Gers suspended two senior players and saw three others involved in bust-ups.

Murty had a brief spell in charge of the first-team last year before returning to the role in October when Pedro Caixinha was sacked and Murty admitted it has brought a “marked change” to his life.

“This time last year I was getting ready to take an Under-20s team into a youth cup final at Hampden so it’s not even close to being the same world,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“You went to Hampden on Sunday in front of that crowd, against our biggest rivals, and put in the performance that we did. It’s brought a marked difference and a marked change to my life over the last week.”

The Light Blues boss is out of contract at the end of the season and it looks unlikely that he will be given an extension after the Gers’ season imploded following last month’s Old Firm defeat at Ibrox.

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The former Reading captain will remain in the dugout for the final five games of the season before a decision is made on his future and will be desperate to secure second and give his faint hopes of earning a new deal a boost.

Football Insider verdict:

After following the Under-20s closely last year and seeing Murty work up close, there couldn’t be a more stark difference between the environment Murty was in before and after taking the first-team reins. Going from games with a few hundred fans in the Development League to managing an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden is about as different as they come but the Gers boss has tried to adaptas quickly as possible and has had his moment. Whatever ends up happening with Murty, his spell at Ibrox should stand him in good stead.

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