Rangers go into Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic with it looking highly unlikely that Graeme Murty will remain as manager next season – and the Ibrox board need to answer why the have let the sorry mess drag on so long.
Murty originally took the reins on October 26th following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking before being handed a contract until the end of the season two months later when Derek McInnes rejected the opportunity to become Rangers manager.
Former Under-20s head coach Murty isn’t an unknown quantity after his spell in charge between Mark Warburton’s resignation and Caixinha’s appointment 13 months ago as well as his time in charge of the Development Squad.
While Murty being given the role was ostensibly a trial-run to see if Murty was capable of taking the job on long-term, the idea that the Gers didn’t have any alternative candidates when McInnes opted to stay at Pittodrie is quite incredible.
Six months on from Caixinha’s sacking – and four on from McInnes rejecting the Gers – that the Light Blues are so close to the end of the season and there’s still no suggestion of who will be in the dugout next season is worrying.
Dave King and co may be hoping that an ideal candidate suddenly drops out of the sky and lands in their lap but there isn’t much of a chance of that happening.
When the end of the season comes around and the Gers inevitably take their time to name their new manager, the Ibrox board are going to have to answer why it has taken anywhere near so long to appoint a manager. Any manager.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.