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Interim Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed his pride at continuing in short-term charge of the Gers – as he hinted that the Ibrox giants had planned for the possibility Derek McInnes would reject their advances.

The Light Blues approached Aberdeen for permission to speak to McInnes on Monday night before it was confirmed on Thursday that the former Rangers midfielder was happy where he is.

Murty will now continue in charge of the Gers until the end of 2017 at the earliest as the Ibrox board resume their search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement.

The 43-year-old revealed that the 54-times Scottish champions had a plan in place if McInnes wasn’t appointed – with Murty returning to the dugout for the next six games.

“I am proud to be sitting here in front of you,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Friday.

“If there is anything else to be said, you’ll have to ask the board.

“Everything has been planned and we had plans in place in case this situation occurred.”

The Gers have won four out of their six games under Murty since Caixinha’s sacking and have overtaken Aberdeen in second place in the Scottish Premiership after back-to-back wins over Derek McInnes’ side.

The Ibrox side face Ross County on Saturday before travelling to take on Hibs in midweek at Easter Road.

If Murty is to be replaced in January then, like his stint in charge earlier this year, his final game will be away to Celtic.

In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January

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