Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has claimed Rangers boss Graeme Murty’s future could be on the line in Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash with Ayr United – and he could not be further from the mark.
Nicholas claims in his Express column that the Gers boss could come under scrutiny after the Light Blues recent defeat to Hibs but admits the 43-year-old has the Gers on the right lines.
While a defeat to Ayr would be a huge black mark for Murty, the Gers boss’ future is almost certain to come down to the Ibrox side’s performances in the Scottish Premiership.
If Murty can secure second-place in the table ahead of Aberdeen – and do so comfortably – the Scottish Cup will be of little relevance when it comes to the Ibrox board sitting down to discuss Murty’s long-term future as manager.
That is not to say the Scottish Cup is unimportant as that statement is far from the case.
However, if Murty can get ahead of the Dons and stay there come May, an early knockout in the Scottish Cup isn’t going to be the deciding factor for chairman Dave King and his board.
Rangers fans are desperate to see their side lift a major trophy after seven years without one but if they had the choice of really eating into Celtic’s lead at the top of the table and putting Brendan Rodgers’ side under serious pressure the bulk of Gers fans would likely forgo the chance of silverware.
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