By Danny Wright
BBC Sport pundit Tam McManus believes that Graeme Murty has lost his chance to be named the next permanent Rangers manager following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Hamilton at Ibrox.
The Light Blues have spent over three weeks hunting for the successor to Pedro Caixinha after the Portuguese boss was sacked in October and now, former Hibernian player McManus has called upon the Gers board to pull their finger out and make an appointment as soon as possible.
Murty won his first two games in caretaker charge of the Gers against Hearts and Partick, but failed to get a third consecutive win on Saturday as 10-man Hamilton earned a shock win at Ibrox.
Rangers have dithered in their search for a new manager and even though Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes has been hot favourite for weeks, there has yet to be any kind of major development.
However Saturday’s defeat could serve as somewhat of a wake-up call to Dave King and the Ibrox board, according to McManus, who has urged the Glasgow club to take action.
“Safe to say that’s Murty’s chances of the Rangers job up in smoke. That safety net is gone now and so has the fans patience who keep paying good money to back the team,” the BBC Sport pundit said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday evening.
“Rangers need someone in pronto now it’s unacceptable it’s taken so long to get a new manager in.”
Safe to say that’s Murty’s chances of the Rangers job up in smoke. That safety net is gone now and so has the fans patience who keep paying good money to back the team. Rangers need someone in pronto now it’s unacceptable it’s taken so long to get a new manager in IMO.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) November 18, 2017
Murty is in caretaker charge for the second time this year after previously being handed the reins when Mark Warburton walked out on the Gers in February.
He has also been among the frontrunners with the bookies to be given the job on a permanent basis, but defeat to Hamilton will no doubt have seriously hindered his chances.
In other Rangers news, fans annihilated this “liability” of a senior player for his performance against Hamilton.