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15th Mar, 2018 | 6:00pm

Derek Johnstone: This is the last thing Rangers should do about manager situation

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone hopes Graeme Murty is named manager at Ibrox on a long-term basis as the “last thing” the Light Blues need is to “rip things up and start again.”

Murty was named as manager until the end of the season on December 22nd after initially taking the reins on an interim basis following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking two months earlier and now looks to be the main contender for the Ibrox hotseat.

Johnstone believes that if Murty secures second in the Scottish Premiership and makes a “real fist of it” against Celtic in next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden the he will “deserve” to be next manager.

“All things considered, he has done well to this point,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“If he can go on to get second place, with the league now definitely over, as well as make a real fist of it in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic, then he will deserve to be the Rangers manager next season in my book.

“And I hope he manages to achieve these things and lands the position. He will be much better prepared next season for experiences like Sunday, and at the end of the day, the last thing that Rangers need in the summer is to rip things up and start again.”

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Murty’s side have a five-point lead over third-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership and will be desperate to make up for last season’s disappointment when they finished third behind the Dons.

The former Reading captain joined the Gers in August 2016 as Under-20’s head coach after spells working at Norwich City and Southampton.

Murty also had a brief spell in charge last season when he led the side following Mark Warburton’s resignation.

The Light Blues have undergone huge player turnover in the previous three summers as Warburton and Caixinha built their squad.

Football Insider verdict:

Murty is the obvious candidate just now and barring a spectacular collapse looks certain to take the reins at Ibrox long-term. The 43-year-old as done a solid job since taking over in October and has particularly impressed since the turn of the year. Despite now finding themselves nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, Murty has taken only four fewer than the Gers bitter rivals since being appointed. Unless the Gers board have an ace up their sleeves, there aren’t any other names who jump out as being a logical choice other than Murty.

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