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2nd Nov, 2017 | 12:16pm

Derek Johnstone hails influence of senior Rangers man

By James Black

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has praised Graeme Murty for the way he has handled taking charge of the Gers on an interim basis – and claimed that the Light Blues’ performance against Hearts showed that the players “respect” the Under-20’s manager.

Murty was handed the reins on an interim basis on Thursday after Pedro Caixinha was sacked and led the Gers to a 3-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield less than 48 hours later.

The Rangers Under-20’s manager had been preparing to take charge of his Development Squad as they faced Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool Academy side at Ibrox before being thrust back into the spotlight at interim first-team boss.

Johnstone was impressed with the way senior man Murty dealt with the sudden change and admitted that the Ibrox board should be “grateful” that he stepped up again.

“The Rangers fans will put their faith in him to look after things will the board are searching for the new manager,” Johnstone wrote in his column for the Evening Times website.

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“The players respect him, I think that was shown in the way they played, and the supporters have taken to him as well.

“Right away, he has come in, sorted things out, got the players believing in themselves, got a win and made the fans happy at the end of a really difficult few days for the club.

“He will steady the ship along until the board find the right man and everyone at Rangers will be grateful for his efforts second time around.”

Murty is likely to be in the dugout on Saturday when the Gers face Partick Thistle at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.

The clash with Alan Archibald’s side is the last before the international break so the Ibrox giants could have a new manager in place when they return to action on November 18th.

Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Caixinha and the former Gers midfielder is widely expected to be appointed as Rangers’ seventeenth permanent manager.

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