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26th Mar, 2018 | 12:24pm

Rangers fans must change their outlook on manager search

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Rangers could be looking for a new manager in the summer if they decide to part ways with Graeme Murty after his short stint in charge – but fans need to make their outlook and stop looking to the past for the club’s future.

Former Gers bosses Alex McLeish and Walter Smith have both had their names mentioned as possible replacements since Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October although McLeish has since taken the Scotland job.

At 70, Smith has already said he is done with full-time management after retiring as Gers boss in 2011 so any move to bring back the Ibrox icon would almost certainly be a non-starter anyway.

While both were undoubtedly successful at Ibrox, neither really strikes as someone who fits the bill for what the Ibrox giants need right now and the Gers need to be looking elsewhere should the appoint a new manager.

With a host of young managers likely available in the summer, there must be better options available for the Gers than simply turning to former managers.

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There’s also still the possibility the Gers keep Murty in place and add more experience to his backroom staff, similar to the appointment of Jimmy Nicholl in January, and let the former Under-20’s head coach build on the work he has done with director of football Mark Allen.

The Light Blues support have a habit of also constantly looking to bring former players back to the club with Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty, Allan McGregor all mentioned by fans as possible transfer targets over the last 12 months.

Whatever happens at Ibrox in the summer, the Gers fans – and board – need to make sure they are looking to the Light Blues’ future when they make a decision over the manager.

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