Rangers manager Graeme Murty is only in the role until the end of the season – as things stand currently – but the 43-year-old continues to make a strong case to be handed the job on a long-term basis after Sunday’s 6-1 win over Ayr United.
Murty could become the first Rangers manager since Walter Smith to lift a major trophy if his side can go on and win the Scottish Cup and – coupled with securing second in the Scottish Premiership – it would surely be enough for him to remain as boss beyond the summer.
There are still obviously some areas Murty needs to work on and he is by no means the finished article but looking at the man who was first handed the reins in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation 12 months ago and the one in the dugout at Somerset Park on Sunday it’s clear he is growing into the role.
If the Ibrox senior man can sort out some of the problems that have seen the Gers drop silly points, then the Light Blues will be in the best place to mount a serious challenge to Celtic for the title that they have been in since before the club’s financial meltdown in 2012.
The addition of the hugely-experienced Jimmy Nicholl to Murty’s backroom team appears to have given the Gers boss a bit more breathing space and someone Murty can turn to who has been over the course plenty of times before.
While a lot could change between now and the end of the season, with almost every passing day Murty looks more and more like he will be a shoo-in to get a long-term deal in the summer.
In other Rangers news, Murty has delivered his verdict on Sunday’s win against Ayr.