Rangers manager solution is staring them in the face, 43-year-old must be hired
Graeme Murty is going to be Rangers manager until the end of December and with the list of fixtures he’s have eventually faced by the time 2017 becomes 2018, he’ll have faced almost all of the Gers toughest games in a season.
Since taking the reins on October 26th, Murty has already faced Aberdeen home and away and Hearts away while having trips to Easter Road to take on Neil Lennon’s Hibs and then a visit to Old Firm rivals Celtic still to come over the next three weeks.
So far, Murty has picked up three wins from three from clashes with Aberdeen and Hearts – defeats to Hamilton and Dundee the only black marks – and if he can come out with positive results away to Hibs and Celtic then he should be given the job until the end of the season, at a minimum.
The former Premier League defender has already taken a side to Celtic Park and came away with a point after taking charge following Mark Warburton’s resignation in February and snatching a 1-1 draw in March.
There are few bigger obstacles Murty is going to face – in the short-term at least – like taking an under-performing Rangers team to Celtic Park when their bitter rivals are on the top of their game, so to have succeeded where Warburton and Caixinha failed and avoided defeat against Brendan Rodgers’ side, Murty has shown he has something to offer.
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Getting the ‘three wins in a row’ off Rangers’ back is also something that Murty deserves credit for.
For whatever reason, the Gers couldn’t string three wins together but to do have finally put it to bed – and doing so with back-to-back wins over Aberdeen – must give the 43-year-old a serious shout at earning the job on a longer basis.
Results haven’t been perfect under Murty – and it’s unlikely he’ll suddenly become Pep Guardiola – but after facing the worst the Scottish Premiership has to offer an coming through it without losing any of the “big” games, he should be under serious consideration.
After Derek McInnes’ snub – and Rangers flat out confirming that they haven’t been impressed with the calibre of name who has put themselves forward – there isn’t a huge number of options available to Rangers now.
It might not be the glamorous option but Murty might be the sensible one.
In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton has revealed he wanted to sign this Celtic player while he was in charge at Ibrox.