Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Rangers should stick with Graeme Murty next season – and thinks the Gers boss has done a “very good job” since being thrust into the hotseat.

Murty’s current deal expires at the end of the season with the Gers manager’s future looking far from certain, although if the Gers can lift the Scottish Cup it could still very much end up being given to Murty.

Nicholas thinks the off-field problems at Ibrox have made the Gers job less exciting but insists Murty has helped close the gap to bitter rivals Celtic.

“It’s not as exciting a job as it once was at Rangers, because there are issues upstairs, but if he ever has the ambitions to get a result on the field then that’s Murty and his team that can produce that,” Nicholas said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“I don’t think he is under scrutiny for this and making a comment that the next manager has to win the title, well you can not guarantee anything – not a thing in football.

“At the highest level you can not guarantee anything, all you can ask for is to close that gap and everybody has to acknowledge that Murty has been closing the gap for Rangers.

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“Rangers have improved under Murty – he has done a very good job and has improved the team.”

Murty took the reins after Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October before being given the job until the end of the season when Derek McInnes decided he’d rather stay at Aberdeen.

The Light Blues are currently 13 points behind their bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and face Brendan Rodgers’ side in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday at Hampden.

Football Insider verdict:

Murty has definitely been closing the gap to Celtic but the way he has allowed it to open back up again over the last few weeks is concerning. After being close to drawing level on points with Celtic, the Gers are now 13 points behind them and look to be well off the pace now. Murty still has time to turn it around and earn the job on a long-term basis but time is rapidly running out for him to do something that means the Gers board can’t turn him away. A win over Celtic on Sunday would be a big positive but it would need to be followed up with second in the league and a cup win for it to really matter for Murty’s job hopes.

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