Rangers have parted ways with manager Graeme Murty and the way the 43-year has been treated by the Gers board has been absolutely shambolic.
As revealed on the club’s official website, Murty has left with three games remaining in the campaign, with Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson chosen to lead the team in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock and for the rest of the campaign.
Nobody will argue that recent results have been in no way acceptable but the way Murty has been hung out to dry by the Gers board in the last few weeks has done them no favours at all – and they must hang their heads in shame.
Chairman Dave King’s statement in the build-up to the Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic – which many interpreted as being confirmation Murty wasn’t in the running for the job long-term – followed by the club leaking out that they were in talks with Steven Gerrard prior to Sunday’s Old Firm clash have been, at best, poorly timed or worst-case deliberately designed to undermine the manager.
Whether fans thought Murty was under-qualified, under-prepared or simply not up to the job is one thing but the way the board have hung him out to hide their own short-comings – like the botched managerial search that led to Murty landing the role beyond Christmas – is something that is becoming more and more common at Ibrox.
Whatever happens next, it is time for King and co to have a long, hard look at themselves after what has been a shambles of a week.