By Danny Wright

Rangers Under-20s boss Graeme Murty has once again been put in temporary charge of the first-team after Pedro Caixinha was sacked on Thursday, according to a reliable journalist.

Scottish Sun reporter Andy Devlin claimed on his personal Twitter account that rookie coach Murty, 42, will take charge of first-team affairs for the second time this year after previously being handed the same task when Mark Warburton exited Ibrox in February.

The Scottish Sun had earlier reported that Caixinha had been axed by the Gers board following an emergency meeting on Thursday morning.

The Portuguese manager told a reporter on his way out of Auchenhowie later in the day that he had in fact avoided the axe, but it now seems that is not the case.

Murty made a decent account of himself in his previous spells as caretaker manager, steadying the ship after a tumultuous run of form before Warburton left.

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The ex-Reading defender even managed to earn a 1-1 draw with Celtic at Parkhead as Caixinha watched on from the stands – the only time that the Gers have avoided defeat in the Old Firm derby since their return to the top-flight.

Rangers’ next match is against Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, a game in which Murty will no doubt try to earn all three points and stake his claim to become the permanent boss.

In other Rangers news, John Hartson took a swipe at the Gers after Caixinha was axed.

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