Graeme Murty is set to return to Rangers as Under-20s head coach, according to a report, weeks after being stood down as interim first-team boss at Ibrox – and it’s the right decision by the Ibrox board to reinstate the former Scotland international.
According to the Daily Record, Murty will resume his old role after having some time away from the club following his stint in charge of the first-team.
The former Reading captain joined the Gers from Norwich’s Academy in August 2016 and has had a huge impact on the club’s Academy since his arrival.
Going back to his previous role will allow Murty to continue with the fantastic work he had been doing alongside Academy head Craig Mulholland in preparing the next batch of young players hoping to make the step up to the first-team.
Murty is highly thought of within the club’s Academy and has built a good rapport with the coaching staff and players – as well as being well regarded as a coach.
Despite his stint in the first-team not going as hoped, Murty did have the Gers on the brink of a proper title challenge before the 3-2 Old Firm defeat in March sent them spiralling.
The two roles have very different objectives too – winning games for the Under-20s is still important but not as important as the first-team – and Murty’s biggest task will be ensuring players are ready for the step up.
While Mulholland has, rightly, taken much of the praise from Rangers fans recently for the success of the club’s youth programme Murty has also had a massive hand in it.
Going back to his previous role is the right decision for him and the club.
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