Rangers

By Richard Parks

Kris Boyd has slammed the appointment of former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the Scottish Sun as “ludicrous” as he urged the club to hand Graeme Murty the job full time.

Murty took the caretaker reins in October as the Ibrox board axed Portugese Caixinha after seven months and he was handed the post until the end of the season in December following the club’s failed pursuit of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

Sky Sports pundit Boyd, who combines the final years of his playing career with extensive work for the broadcaster, has been impressed by the transformation of the team under ex-youth team boss Murty.

“For a man still effectively working his probationary period, he is giving Rangers’ board of directors plenty to ponder,” Boyd wrote in his weekly Scottish Sun column.

“The appointment of Pedro Caixinha was ludicrous and Gers lurched from one on-field disaster to the next under the Portuguese.

“If he (Murty) keeps working wonders he could soon hand them a long-term problem.

I mean, how would the Ibrox board justify replacing him in the summer if he continues to deliver results and performances where it matters most?

“Since being handed the job as Gers boss until the end of the season at least, Rangers have accumulated more points than any other side in the league. Yes, including Celtic.”

Football Insider verdict:

Murty has seized his opportunity and worked wonders at Rangers on a budget that pales in comparison with Celtic, who, as Football Insider revealed yesterday, have just been handed a jaw-dropping £28million windfall. The former defender built a solid base before Christmas and, since the winter break, has transformed the team into a winning machine capable of occasionally sparkling football. The January signings have settled in brilliantly – far quicker than anyone could have hoped – and eight wins out of the last nine matches is proof of the team’s revival. Barring an end-of-season collapse, Murty has to be handed the job permanently in the summer.

In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.

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