'One of the best' - Graeme Murty raves about his reported Rangers replacement
Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes Steven Gerrard is one of the “best players ever” for Liverpool – but insists he won’t be giving up the manager’s job at Ibrox without a fight after reports suggested Gerrard could be confirmed as Murty’s replacement as early as next week.
ESPN report that the Liverpool icon has been offered a four-year deal to take the reins at Ibrox in the summer, and Murty admitted that he will be doing his “damndest” to keep hold of the job come the summer.
Murty said that as a Liverpool fan he holds Gerrard in high regard but revealed he was “desperate” to remain in charge of the Light Blues.
“I am a Liverpool fan and he’s one of the best players to ever play for my football club,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“If he was to get it . . . a part of me still holds him in high esteem. But his role has changed.
“He won’t be the only one being speculated about, there will be others. That’s par for the course but I am in the job at the moment and I am massively honoured to be sitting here.
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“Until I hear otherwise I will doing my damndest to keep it. People would love this job, trust me it’s a massive job, it’s a stellar job and I’m desperate to hold on to it.”
Murty took the reins in October following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking before being handed a contract until the end of the season in December when Derek McInnes rejected the chance to return to Ibrox.
The Light Blues have four games left in the campaign and are still locked in a fight with Aberdeen to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard looks as though he is going to be the next boss and Murty is spot on when he says he won’t be the only one linked. So far there have been something like ten different ‘favourites’ with the bookies stopping taking bets at least twice before re-opening the market.The next few days will be telling, with reports claiming an announcement could come next week, if a move for Gerrard is going to happen then things should step up a gear imminently. If Gerrard is confirmed before the season’s end, it may be worth getting him in to start immediately – even if working alongside Murty and his likely outgoing coaching team for a few weeks.